Donate Blood in Celebration of American Red Cross Month
Trying to figure out how you can celebrate American Red Cross Month? Have you thought about donating blood? By donating one pint of blood you could save up to 3 lives!
And the American Red Cross has recently been reporting that there is an extra need for donations as the blood banks are starting to become depleted since so many blood drives have had to be canceled as a result of the inclement weather we’ve been experiencing all across the United States.
Remember, your blood donation could save up to three lives, the American Red Cross says that “every 2 seconds someone needs a blood transfusion.”
Don’t let a fear of needles keep you from donating blood. The slight needle pinch is nothing in comparison to the feelings you’ll experience by knowing that you just helped save someone’s life. Also, keep in mind that the Red Cross wants you to be comfortable during your donation, which only takes between 8-10 minutes. After your donation with the Red Cross you’ll be given a refreshment and snack to help keep you refueled. You never know, someday your own life or the life of someone you love could be saved by a blood donation.
Healthy adults are allowed to make blood donations every 56 days, if they desire. Some of the other base requirements for donating blood include:
*Being 17 years of age or older (in most states)
*Weighing at least 110 lbs.
*Passing a brief physical exam (temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and hemoglobin tests)
*Donors will also be asked to disclose information about their health history, medications, lifestyle, and more
How should you prepare and what should you bring with you?
*Have a light, well-balanced meal before donating
*Ensure you’re hydrated by drinking plenty of water
*Bring your donor card (if you have one)
*Bring your driver’s license or 2 other forms of identification
*Bring a list of any medications you’re taking
Join Mountainside Medical Equipment in celebrating American Red Cross Month all throughout the month of March by donating, giving blood, taking a class, fundraising, or volunteering.