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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    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
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    Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disease that currently has no cure. People with type 1 diabetes must inject insulin into their body daily and are therefore considered to be insulin-dependent. Read More
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    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
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    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
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    Hematocrit and hemoglobin measurements are blood tests. Hemoglobin enables red cells to transport oxygen and carbon dioxide. The hemoglobin is checked before each donation to 
    ensure that the donor has adequate red blood cell levels to donate blood. Blood donors must have a minimum of 12.5 g/dL...Read More
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    Apheresis is the process by which platelets and other blood components are collected from a donor. The word “Apheresis” is derived from the Late Latin word “Aphaeresis” meaning “to take away.” This process is accomplished by using a machine called a cell separator. Most commonly, blood is drawn from...Read More
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    Platelets are used to treat a condition called thrombocytopenia, in which there is a shortage of platelets, as well as to treat platelet function abnormalities.  Platelets are critically important to the survival of many patients with clotting problems, aplastic anemia, leukemia, cancer, and patients who will...Read More
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    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
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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
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    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
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    Certain medications -- including aspirin -- can help minimize damage to the heart if given within 1 hour of the start of heart-attack signals. Some people with heart disease also take prescribed medication for chest pain. You can help by getting the medication and assisting with taking it. Read More
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    After you have checked the scene and determined that there has been a poisoning, follow these general care guidelines:
    • Remove the person from the source of poison if the scene is dangerous. Do this only if you are able to without endangering yourself.
    • Check the person’s level of consciousness
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    Pacemakers usually are located in the area below the left collarbone. Typically, they feel like a small lump under the skin. Read More
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    Individuals with the blood group O Rh negative are called “universal donors” because their red blood cells can be transfused to people of all blood groups. This is why the Red Cross is constantly recruiting donors whose blood type is O Rh negative. Read More
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    Karl Landsteiner will always be honored for his discovery of blood groups. In 1901, he showed that transfusions between individuals of like blood groups (A to A, B to B) do not result in the destruction of blood cells. Transfused red blood cells and the patient’s own red blood cells destroy each other only when...Read More