25 Important Things You Should Know About Donating Blood

Posted by , Updated on May 22, 2024

There are numerous ways to enhance the wellbeing of others, such as making monetary contributions, engaging in volunteer work, and raising community awareness. However, one significant act of kindness you might not have considered is donating blood. It’s important to recognize that, along with health practitioners, hospitals, and medical infrastructure, blood is a crucial component in keeping healthcare systems operational. Sadly, there are situations where the supply of blood becomes dangerously low. You might ask, why not simply produce more blood synthetically? The reality is that despite numerous medical advancements, we still lack the ability to manufacture blood, meaning that generous donations are the only source. As a result, the need for blood is critical in events like car accidents, accidental falls, or violent incidents. This need is especially pronounced in less developed areas where high rates of vehicle accidents, violent acts, and natural disasters frequently result in significant numbers of casualties. Organizations like the Red Cross are dedicated to ensuring that doctors and medical facilities in these regions have adequate blood supplies, but their success heavily relies on support from compassionate individuals like you. Therefore, here are 25 crucial facts you need to know about blood donation.

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To get it out of the way, you've probably heard by now that the blood you donate is sold to hospitals

To get it out of the way, you've probably heard by now that the blood you donate is sold to hospitalsSource: wikipedia
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And that it's a $4.5 billion dollar per year industry

And that it's a $4.5 billion dollar per year industrySource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
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While this is true, it shouldn't keep you from donating. Why? Every blood donation center has costs, lots of them. It needs to hire staff and fund equipment. Taking blood is expensive. Who do you think paid for your "free" I Donated Blood t-shirt?

While this is true, it shouldn't keep you from donating. Why? Every blood donation center has costs, lots of them. It needs to hire staff and fund equipment. Taking blood is expensive. Who do you think paid for your "free" I Donated Blood t-shirt?Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Besides, your blood is needed. In fact, every two seconds someone in the US needs blood

Besides, your blood is needed. In fact, every two seconds someone in the US needs bloodSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Just one pint of your blood can save up to 3 lives

Just one pint of your blood can save up to 3 livesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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After he needed 13 liters of blood during a surgery when he was 13, James Harrison vowed to donate blood when he turned 17

After he needed 13 liters of blood during a surgery when he was 13, James Harrison vowed to donate blood when he turned 17Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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It was soon discovered that his blood contained a rare antigen that cured Rhesus disease

It was soon discovered that his blood contained a rare antigen that cured Rhesus diseaseSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
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Since then he has donated more than 1,000 times and saved an estimated 2 million unborn babies from the disease

Since then he has donated more than 1,000 times and saved an estimated 2 million unborn babies from the diseaseSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The demand for blood transfusions is growing faster than the number of donations

The demand for blood transfusions is growing faster than the number of donationsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Although 60% of the US population is eligible for donating blood, only 5% does

Although 60% of the US population is eligible for donating blood, only 5% doesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Although coconut water can temporarily substitute blood plasma, blood cannot be manufactured. It can only come from donors.

Although coconut water can temporarily substitute blood plasma, blood cannot be manufactured. It can only come from donors.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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There are usually shortages of all blood types during summer and winter holidays

There are usually shortages of all blood types during summer and winter holidaysSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The most needed blood type is "O"

The most needed blood type is "O"Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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To donate, you must generally be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 50 kg (110 pounds) and be in good health

To donate, you must generally be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 50 kg (110 pounds) and be in good healthSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Sometimes things like traveling abroad or having tattoos can make you ineligible due to the possibility of contamination

Sometimes things like traveling abroad or having tattoos can make you ineligible do to the possibility of contaminationSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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An average adult has roughly 10-12 pints of blood in their body. Only about 1 pint is given during the donation.

An average adult has roughly 10-12 pints of blood in their body. Only about 1 pint is given during the donation.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Back to the costs of donating blood - all blood has to be tested for HIV, Hepatitis, and other diseases before it can be released to hospitals

Back to the costs of donating blood - all blood has to be tested for HIV, Hepatitis, and other diseases before it can be released to hospitalsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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This process is usually significantly more expensive in coastal states (of the US) due to higher costs (staffing, etc)

This process is usually significantly more expensive in coastal states (of the US) due to higher costs (staffing, etc)Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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You can donate blood every 56 days

You can donate blood every 56 daysSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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This means that if you started donating around the age of 17 and continue donating every time you become eligible you would have donated nearly 50 gallons of blood

This means that if you started donating around the age of 17 and continue donating every time you become eligible you would have donated nearly 50 gallons of bloodSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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That would save roughly 1,000 lives

That would save roughly 1,000 livesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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People with blood type O- are universal donors and their blood can be given to recipients of any other type of blood

People with blood type O- are universal donors and their blood can be given to recipients of any other type of bloodSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Blood type O- is often used in emergencies before the patients blood type has been determined

Blood type O- is often used in emergencies before the patients blood type has been determinedSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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It is also used with newborns who need blood

It is also used with newborns who need bloodSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Only 7% of Americans have blood type O-

Only 7% of Americans have blood type O-Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia