Advertisement

Uncle Sam Needs You! To Donate Your Blood

Uncle Sam Needs You! To Donate Your Blood

Giving blood to people who desperately need it is an essential part of modern medicine. The first documented vascular transfusion came in 1667 when a doctor in the court of King Louis XIV transfused the blood of a sheep into a 15-year-old boy. Believe it or not, the boy survived. And the first human-to-human transfusion happened in 1818 when 12 to 14 ounces of a donor’s blood was injected into a person with massive internal injuries. That patient initially rallied, but eventually succumbed to the injuries. Since then, the process has become very safe and streamlined.

Today in the US, nearly 21 million portions of blood components—either whole blood, red blood cells, plasma, cyroprecipitate or platelets—are transfused every year. Unfortunately, there are times when life-saving blood is in short supply; like right now.

So, if you have never donated blood, now’s the time. It is safe, fast and comes without negative repercussions. Some notes:

  • You will be interviewed to see if there is any reason you are not a viable candidate, so let the folks screen you.
  • You cannot contract a disease giving blood to the Red Cross—all needles and procedures are sterile.
  • You can spare the blood—your body quickly replenishes what’s taken.
  • You’re allowed to donate five times a year!

Interested? Search by zip code at RedCrossBlood.org to find your local donation site.

Donate today and save a life tomorrow.

Medically reviewed in February 2020.

Step Up: Take Your Blood Pressure Meds and Save Your Life
Step Up: Take Your Blood Pressure Meds and Save Your Life
Q: How can I convince my husband to take his high blood pressure medicine? Help! Katie J., Sioux Falls, SD A: Katie, you’re right to be concerned—un...
Read More
What are non-drug treatments for fluid overload?
Discovery HealthDiscovery Health
Because medical therapy has limitations, there has been a continued interest in other ways to addres...
More Answers
Should my blood sugar be under 200 before surgery?
Wayne BizerWayne Bizer
Blood sugar is one of those things that we like to make as good as we can prior to any elective surg...
More Answers
How do muscles get increased blood flow from other organs?
Discovery HealthDiscovery Health
When you begin to exercise, blood that would have gone elsewhere, for example to the stomach or the ...
More Answers