Have you ever wondered how your donated blood is used? According to the American Red Cross, donated blood is useful for a variety of reasons. These include:
serious injuries, such as those sustained in vehicle accidents
Remember, you can donate blood if you are 17 years old or older, in good health and you weigh more than 110 pounds.
A red blood cell donation takes 30 minutes or less after initial screening, and a platelet donation takes 90 minutes or less after initial screening. Also, donors receive a free wellness exam that includes blood pressure, temperature and pulse checks and a hemoglobin/iron test.
Have you given at one of NCH’s Versiti Blood Drives this year? According to the American Red Cross, you may donate whole blood every 56 days, up to 6 times a year. You can donate platelets every 7 days, up to 24 times a year.