10 Reasons to Start Donating Blood Now

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10 Reasons to Start Donating Blood Now

January is National Blood Donor Month!  Now is the time to donate!

You can get involved by contacting the American Red Cross.   If you are unable to give blood you might want to consider hosting a blood drive.  Take a look at www.redcross.org for information on local blood drives, how to host a blood drive, blood donor eligibility, and a step by step process on donating blood.

Here are ten reasons why you should start giving blood today!

  1. It saves lives! – Imagine if you or someone you know needed blood in an emergency situation!
  2. Human blood cannot be substituted  – The human body is amazing and the need for blood can only be satisfied by the donations of others.
  3. The need is huge, it’s in the facts
    • Every 3 seconds someone needs blood
    • About 1 in 7 people entering the hospital need blood
  4. One pint of blood could potentially help up to three people – It takes 8-10 minutes to donate.
  5. This is a great way to give back to your community – Think of how wonderful you will feel by making a difference!
  6. Free Wellness Check – Your pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, and hemoglobin are all checked.
  7. You will learn your blood type – Do you know your blood type?  If you or a family member is in an emergency type situation you’ll need to know.
  8. Donating regularly will keep your iron levels balanced – Statistics have shown, that decreasing the amount of iron in your body, over the long run, is beneficial to blood vessels, and diseases related to abnormalities in blood vessels, like a heart attack and a stroke.
  9. Doing for others is one way to live a long life –BMC Public Health, who led a review on health effects of volunteering, found that if you help others on a regular basis you can reduce early mortality by 22% compared to people who do not participate in volunteer type activities.
  10. Giving blood is safe and simple and you can make a huge difference in someone’s life.  Take a look at the Unit Facts:
    • Cancer Patients – Can use up to 8 units of blood monthly
    • Bone Marrow Transplant – Can use up to 2 units a day
    • Cardiovascular Surgery – Can use between 2 -25 units
    • Liver Transplant –  Can use up to 100 units
    • Auto/Trauma Accident Patients – Can use up to 50 Units

The SAVA Team is Guided by Heart.  We are passionate about helping others.

We hope that this blog will encourage you to consider donating or hosting a blood drive in your community.  If you are interested in learning more about SAVA’s community involvement, please visit our website at www.savainsurance.com or “Check In” and “Like” our Facebook Page to see our latest news.

 

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