Blood Donation 1

Monday, May 29, 2017

Blood is a life-saving medical product that is only available because of voluntary donation. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill begins a three-part series on blood donation.

Dr. Hill:

While the demand for blood and blood products is great, blood supplies at times run dangerously low. The donation process is simple and safe.

Needles and bags used to collect blood are used only once and then discarded, making spread of infection to the donor impossible.

Regulations in the United States allow people to donate whole blood once every 56 days. The waiting period between donations can be different for other blood components.

You must be at least 17 years old, in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. You will also need to pass physical and health history reviews prior to donating.

A blood donation equals approximately one pint of blood. 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.

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.