Donate and Save: Giving Blood to Save Lives is Easier Than Ever
January 3, 2017
Ross Taylor, MD, DRMC Chief Medical Officer (CMO)
As health professionals, we all understand the importance of giving blood. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. – and many times at DRMC – needs blood. However, obstacles like busy holiday schedules, inclement weather and seasonal illnesses can hamper efforts to keep the blood supply at the levels needed for our patients. That’s why, since 1970, January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month – a month dedicated to shining a spotlight on the generosity of those who give their blood to save the lives of others, while also raising awareness of the continued need for donations.
Donating blood is one of the easiest and most effective ways that we can all have a direct and personal impact on the overall health and well-being of our community. What many people don’t realize is that a one-time donation can save the lives of up to three people.
Donating is a quick and easy four-step process that includes registration, medical history and a mini-physical, the actual donation of blood, and a post-donation refreshment. Throughout January you can stop by the Danville Regional Blood Donor Center (159 Executive Drive, Suite K, Danville) to donate blood. Available hours for donations include: Monday/Wednesday/Thursday: 8:30AM–4:00PM, Tuesday: 11:00AM–6:00PM, and Friday: 7:30AM–3:00PM. The Blood Donor Center is closed on weekends and holidays, including Monday, January 2nd, 2017. They will reopen on Tuesday January 3rd.
Know Before You Go
• Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.
• Donors can give whole blood donations which are made into red cells, platelets and fresh frozen plasma for transfusion.
• Healthy bone marrow makes a constant supply of red cells, plasma and platelets. The body will replenish the elements given during a blood donation – some in a matter of hours and others in a matter of weeks.
• All donated blood is tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis and other infectious diseases before it can be released to hospitals.
• Donations can be made every 56 days or 8 weeks.