It’s In You to Give: Beginner’s Guide to Giving Blood

Every single day, all over the world, there are patients in need of blood. According to statistics provided by the Red Cross, someone in the United States requires blood every two seconds and about 36,000 red blood cell units are needed on a daily basis. The demand is constant, and the donation process easy.

Besides the reality of the constant demand, why should someone take the time to give blood? If you’ve never donated blood before, the idea of needles might sound off-putting. The fact of the matter is blood donation is one of the easiest ways to help other people and their families. Our bodies continuously produce new blood cells and we always have it to give. Taking 10 minutes to donate can give a whole lifetime to someone else.

When Should You Give Blood

Waiting until an emergency happens is not a good approach if you want to give blood. If people give blood regularly, the stock is already available in a time of crisis. By thinking ahead, we can help ensure the survival of individuals in need.

After blood is donated, the shelf-life is only 42 days. Despite this limitation, hospitals all over the country use blood in transfusions every day, making a constantly renewed supply necessary in order to provide for patients. When the donation process is so quick and painless, regular donation goes a long way to help patients in need.

If you’ve decided to donate blood for the first time, it may be comforting to learn how simple the process is and some practices to ensure an easy, straightforward donation experience.

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