Blood Donation 2

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Almost 5 million Americans would die each year without life-saving blood transfusions. Learn more about blood donation from Dr. Edward Hill in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Every year, millions of people in the United States receive life-saving blood transfusions.

Donors can give whole blood every 56 days; platelets every seven days, up to 24 times a year; plasma every 28 days up to 13 times a year and red cells every 112 days up to three times a year.

Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor.

Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments.

Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donors temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure it is safe for the donor to give blood.

The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10 to 12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 minutes.

All donated blood is tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis and other infectious diseases before it can be released to hospitals.

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