American Red Cross

Our Mission

Since 1881, the American Red Cross has aided victims of natural disasters and empowered people to respond to emergencies and help others. It also supports military members and their families; collects, processes and distributes blood; offers community services for the needy; provides international relief and development; and teaches preparedness and health & safety courses such as first aid/CPR.

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  • American Red Cross
    American Red Cross answered:
    Nearly all people belong to one of the four major groups in the ABO blood typing system: A, B, AB, and O. Blood groups are determined by antigens found on an individual’s red blood cells. An antigen is a protein or carbohydrate on the cell that triggers an immune response, such as the formation of...Read More
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    Platelets are prepared by using a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the donated unit of whole blood. Platelets may also be obtained from a donor by a process known as apheresis, or plateletpheresis. In this process, blood is drawn from the donor into an apheresis instrument which se...Read More
  • American Red Cross
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    This form of red blood cells (RBCs) requires special preparation by removing leukocytes (white blood cells) by filtration shortly after donation. Studies show that blood transfusions with the leukocytes removed produce fewer side effects and reactions. This is done pre-storage because high numbers of...Read More
  • American Red Cross
    American Red Cross answered:
    After blood is donated, it is tested in a laboratory to ensure it is safe for transfusions. Tests currently performed (as of July 2010 ) include:
    - Each unit of blood is tested for the following: ABO and Rh blood groups.
    - Unexpected red blood cell antibodies that are a result of prior transfusion,...Read More
  • American Red Cross
    American Red Cross answered:
    When you donate blood to the Red Cross, you’ll give enough blood to fill a blood bag plus several small tubes. In order to keep track of your donation, your tubes, your blood bag, and your donor record all receive an identical bar code label. The tubes are sent to an American Red Cross National Testing...Read More
  • American Red Cross
    American Red Cross answered:
    We all need a safe blood supply. We need to make sure it is safe for a donor to donate blood and for a recipient to receive the donated blood. Most people choose to donate because they want to share their healthy blood with someone who needs it. Some potential donors, however, may have been exposed...Read More
  • American Red Cross
    American Red Cross answered:
    The Red Cross protects the blood supply from HIV in the following ways:
    - The Red Cross educates donors about who should give blood by having every potential donor read the publication ‘What You Must Know Before Giving Blood’.
    - Trained staff interview potential donors and review their medical...Read More
  • American Red Cross
    American Red Cross answered:
    In most states, donors must be age 17 or older. Some states allow donation by 16 year olds with parental consent. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health, and not be at risk for HIV/AIDS or hepatitis. Additional height and weight criteria apply to young donors. In addition, a trained Red...Read More
  • American Red Cross
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    Medical advances have improved the treatment of serious illness and injuries. These advances have increased the need for blood and blood products. With only 38% of the U.S. population believed to be eligible to give blood, and the growing number of aging “baby boomers” the need for blood remains...Read More
  • American Red Cross
    American Red Cross answered:
    People with type 2 diabetes often do not experience any warning signs. Possible warning signs include:
    • Frequent infections, especially involving the skin, gums, and bladder
    • Blurred vision
    • Numbness in the legs, feet, and fingers
    • Cuts or bruises that are slow to heal
    • Itching
    • Any signs
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  • American Red Cross
    American Red Cross answered:
    According to the latest medical research, the chance of receiving an HIV-infected transfusion is estimated to be about 1 in 2,000,000 or less. The blood supply is well protected from the AIDS virus. The risk of being infected with HIV from a blood transfusion is very low. The risk of infection exists during what is...Read More
  • American Red Cross
    American Red Cross answered:
    The Red Cross performs laboratory tests on blood products to qualify the products for transfusion and to protect the safety of the transfusion recipients. We do not provide diagnostic testing services for individuals. Additionally, a person must not donate blood in order to be tested since there...Read More
  • American Red Cross
    American Red Cross answered:
    Yes. Donors that are confirmed positive for any infectious disease are notified and have the opportunity for counseling with a specially trained, professional Red Cross donor counselor. Read More
  • American Red Cross
    American Red Cross answered:
    You often can tell when a person is having an asthma attack by the hoarse whistling sound made while exhaling. This sound, known as wheezing, occurs because air becomes trapped in the lungs. Coughing after exercise, crying, or laughing are other signs that an asthma attack could begin. 

    Signs...Read More
  • American Red Cross
    American Red Cross answered:
    Signs of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale, ashen, or flushed skin; headache; nausea; dizziness; weakness; and exhaustion. Read More