FYI: This is not a sponsored post, all opinions and references are my own and from my own experiences. 

Imagine you are a nurse in the operating room performing emergency surgery on a patient who came in after a car accident. The laparotomy sponges that are getting thrown off the field are completely saturated with blood. You look to the head of the bed and just by exchanging glances with the anesthesiologist you know that we need blood STAT. You call down to the blood bank to emergency transfusion blood for the patient and reluctantly discover there is not a single drop of donor blood available in the hospital.

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This is a terrifying scenario that could easily happen if everyone simply decided to just stop donating blood all together. Thankfully, there are many generous donors that regularly give their blood to help save lives, because there is no machine – yet – that can manufacture blood. What a horrific thing for those who are in dire need of blood due to an illness, accident, or emergency situation if donation was not possible by modern medicine. One in three of us will need a blood transfusion at some time in our lives. I recently came upon this realization to donate more often when I thought back to the last time I had donated blood vs. the frequent blood transfusions I have given at the hospital to patients. It is at least 1:500! I was shocked when I really thought about this ratio and it inspired me to do some further research about the importance of donating blood that I wanted to share. image4.jpegAmidst my research I recently went and donated with OneBlood AKA the “Big Red Bus”. From the minute I walked into OneBlood I had the best experience. Every staff member was so kind. They took my vital signs, weight, hemoglobin level, performed a brief health questionnaire then I was on my way to the donation room. On arriving, the staff quickly brought me to a comfortable chair where they offered me drinks and snacks to enjoy during the donation process. The phlebotomist was great, only one quick and easy stick then we basically just hung out and chatted. When my donation reached one pint the weight machine made a video game like sound that made me feel like “I won!” Of course after the donation the staff wanted me to remain lying down for a few minutes even though I felt fine. So they continued to bring me a t-shirt and comedy show tickets for my generosity. They then explained that just my one pint of whole blood donation has the potential to save up to three lives. The entire process took less than an hour and couldn’t have been easier. So if you think you don’t have time to donate blood in your busy life, think again – because in less than an hour I saved 3 lives and had fun doing it. If that isn’t time well spent I don’t know what is! Such an amazing opportunity we all have to donate blood and help save peoples lives.

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Blood donation defined by Mayo Clinic – a voluntary procedure that can help save the lives of others.

Frequency allowed to donate. 

  • Every 56 days or total of 6 donations a year

Donate Safely. 

  • Only donate when feeling well
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat prior to donating

Health requirements to donate. 

  • Weigh at least 100 lbs.
  • Adequate iron level (Hemoglobin)
  • No blood diseases (Hepatitis B, HIV, etc.)

Benefits to donor.

  • Reduce the risk of heart attack/stroke
  • Reduce the risk of cancer
  • Keeps liver healthy
  • Can reduce harmful iron stores
  • Help your mental state
  • Reveal potential health problems
  • Burn approx. 650 calories

Benefits to recipient.

  • Save a life (Need I say more?!)

Where/how to donate. 

  • The app for OneBlood makes it so easy to locate a donation center and schedule an appointment and they always accept walk-ins.
  • Allows you to track your donations and cholesterol levels/BP levels / etc

“Blood Donation will cost you nothing but it will save a life!”-Anonymous

Visit OneBlood for more information on donating blood and about your blood type.