Essay on blood donation

1115 Words Dec 18th, 2014 5 Pages
Juan Villacis
COMM 1402-02
December 9, 2013

Title: MORE PEOPLE SHOULD DONATE BLOOD.
I. Introduction
A. Attention Getter: How many people have donated blood before? Does anybody know how many people can be saved by one donation? One donation can help save the lives of up to three people and since blood is an essential substance that cannot be manufactured, It can only come from volunteer donors (RedCrossBlood.org.,2013)
B. Tie to Audience: Many people feel scared when they see needles and most of us think about the pain in the donating process; however, all of us could have the power to save lives and it only takes 10-12 minutes. (RedCrossBlood.org.,2013)
C. Credibility: Not everyone is aware of how important blood donation really is;
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Type O blood is safe for almost everyone. About 40 percent of the population has type O blood. People who have this blood type are called universal donors. Type O blood is used for emergencies when there's no time to test a person's blood type. People who have type AB blood are called universal recipients. This means they can get any type of blood (nhlbi.nih.gov).
B. Blood Donation: It is a voluntary procedure. Someone agrees to have blood drawn so that it can be given to someone who needs a blood transfusion. Millions of people need blood transfusions each year. Some may need blood during surgery. Others depend on it after an accident or because they have a disease that requires blood components. Blood donation makes all of this possible (National Library of Medicine)
C. Blood Donation Process
Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded. Blood donation is a simple four-step process:
Registration
You will complete donor registration, which includes information such as your name, address, phone number, and donor identification number if the person has one. You will be asked to show a donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of ID.
Mini Physical
You will have your temperature, hemoglobin, blood pressure and pulse checked. Some questions about your health history will also be asked, and they are kept confidential.
Donation
They will cleanse an area on your arm and insert a