Blood Donation 1

Monday, January 05, 2015

Blood transfusions save countless lives each year but, sadly, less than five percent of eligible donors give blood. Dr. Edward Hill looks at the life-saving gift of blood donation in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate.

The infusion of blood products is a critical part of everyday medical care. Approximately 32,000 pints of blood are used each day in the United States.

Volunteers donate virtually all of this countrys supply of blood for transfusion. Who is eligible to donate blood? People in good health who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate a pint of blood as often as every 56 days. The volume lost by donating blood is replenished within a few hours and the hemoglobin in a few weeks. If you are otherwise healthy, donating blood is entirely safe.

Before transfusion, every unit is tested for the donors blood group, markers of common infectious diseases, including HIV and Hepatitis B, and for any preexisting antibodies.

The need for blood has increased in recent years and that demand can only be met by volunteers like you.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.