Blood Donor Month: Help Save Lives this January!
January is National Blood Donor Month. Year after year, blood banks face low collection rates and high appointment cancellations, and this is often due to flu season, winter storms, and recently, surges of COVID-19. With this in mind, we wanted to share a few important facts about donating blood and ways blood banks are prepared to keep you safe during the pandemic so that you can make a huge difference in the lives of others.
Life-saving blood donation facts:
- Every 2 seconds someone in the US needs blood and/or platelets.
- Each blood donation has the potential to save up to 3 lives.
- Blood and platelets cannot be manufactured; they can only come from volunteer donors.
- According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.9 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2022. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
At Harbin Clinic, we partner with Blood Assurance throughout the year to host and share information about their regular blood drives. Blood Assurance is a nonprofit, full-service regional blood center serving healthcare facilities in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Their mission is to provide a safe and adequate supply of blood and blood components, in a cost-effective manner, to every area patient in need. More than 540 volunteer blood donors are needed every day to adequately supply the hospitals in these regions.
Blood Assurance wants to make sure that blood donors feel safe while donating, and they’ve provided the below information about COVID-19 and a person’s ability to donate blood:
- Someone who has symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, is not healthy enough to donate blood.
- Standard screening processes already in place will mean that someone with symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to donate.
- If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, or AstraZeneca, you are still eligible to give blood with no deferral period.
- In general, respiratory viruses are not known to be transmitted by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases of transfusion-transmitted coronavirus.
If you are healthy, we strongly encourage you to find a donation site near you and donate blood in support of local patients in need! On Thursday, January 20, multiple Harbin Clinic locations are hosting a Blood Assurance blood drive.
To learn more and to make a donation appointment, visit https://www.bloodassurance.org/donate-blood