Monday, July 31, 2017

Be Impulsive: Donate Blood

How can YOU get involved? Find out at #BeImpulsive.
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Be impulsive. That's what these photos are all about. Be impulsive about donating blood. You don't have to plan it. You can decide that you want to help out, and put your name on the list of people to be contacted as blood is needed. It's a great way for you to pay it forward in your life.

Donated blood saves millions of lives. It provides critical help to pregnant women and their newborn babies, those with diseases that require blood transfusions, cancer patients, accident victims, and many more. Even if you personally haven't benefited from donated blood, there's a high chance you know someone who has. And only one donation of blood can save three lives!

Did You Know?

•Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a transfusion of donated blood.

•One in 7 people entering the hospital needs a blood transfusion.

• One whole blood donation has the potential to help up to three patients.

• Blood can be donated every 56 days, up to six times a year.

• In addition to donating blood, you can also donate platelets, which help treat cancer and other patients. Platelets only have a shelf life of five days, so donations are always needed.

• In addition to donating blood you can also donate plasma, which has the same lifesaving effect and is in even greater need. Plasma contains important proteins and nutrients which help treat severe burns, traumas, blood clotting disorders, organ transplants and premature infants.

It's a common misconception that accident victims are the ones who use the most blood. But in reality, it's actually those who are being treated for cancer, undergoing orthopedic surgeries, undergoing organ and marrow transplants, having cardiovascular surgeries, or being treated for inherited blood disorders.

Major disasters don't typically require large amounts of blood. Iin most cases, the hospital relies on what it already has on the shelves to save lives.

"How can YOU get involved?

Find out at #BeImpulsive."

You can help blood centers be at the ready by making sure blood is available before it's needed.

Join me and share your own Be Impulsive photo using the hashtag #BeImpulsive on Instagram and Facebook.


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