Informative Speech: Blood Donation Essay

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Specific Purpose Statement: To inform the audience about the criteria for becoming a blood donor

I. Introduction
A. As you sit in a classroom at the Community College, you may not think that saving a life is something you could do today, but, in fact, it's quite easy to do. 1. The first thing that may come to mind is some sort of emergency rescue. 2. The easiset way to save a life is blood donation. a. done in less than 1 hour b. relatively painless c. you can do it on your own schedule
B. Today, I am going to explain many aspects of blood donation.
C. I have given blood before and I am aware of the questionnaire and procedures used during the blood donation process.
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3. If these preliminary conditions are met, a person is then able to fill out a questionnaire, which asks specific questions about a person’s lifestyle to determine their level of risk.
4. A person who has any of the following cannot donate blood: a. cold or flu symptoms b. has been taking antibiotics within the previous two days c. has been tattooed or unprofessionally body pierced in the past 12 months d. has an increased risk of HIV and other STDs e. has spent longer than 3 months in a country where Mad Cow disease is seen
5. This is only a summary of the questions asked by the American Red Cross before blood donation. A complete listing can be found on their website (

B. If a potential donor meets all of the criteria, a few simple tests are performed and then donation can begin.
1. Temperature and blood pressure are both taken
2. A drop of blood is taken from the ear to run other tests on.
3. When these tests are complete, the donor is given a donation bag which will hold approximately 1 pint of blood.
4. The actual donation process usually only takes about 10 minutes.
5. After donating some people may feel a little light headed or faint a. There are rarely any serious side effects from donating blood b. Most problems can be avoided by resting after donating and staying for free juice and a

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