January is National Blood Donor Month: Will you give for life?
With the new year comes a new calendar, new resolutions and new hope for health. The year also starts off with National Blood Donor Month – celebrated since 1970 when President Richard Nixon declared it a time to honor the contributions of volunteer blood donors throughout the country. When marking the 2019 calendar for holidays, birthdays and special events, consider marking the calendar for blood donation, too.
Carter BloodCare says blood donors can return as often as every 56 days. Additionally, blood types that are Rh negative (A-, B-, O-, AB-) occur less frequently in the population, so blood centers can run low on these types.
University of Texas at Arlington is hosting a blood drive from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, January 14 to Thursday, January 17 at the Library Mall and University Center on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Student Services.
An increasing number of cancer treatment facilities are opening throughout north, central and east Texas. Cancer patients are often administered platelet transfusions, to counter the side effects of treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. Carter BloodCare urges blood donors to consider giving platelets and to speak with a staff member about your eligibility for this type of donation. Platelets have a five-day shelf life, so your donation will assist a patient within days of your giving it.
Eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water one to two hours before giving blood. Standard eligibility requirements are a minimum weight of 110 pounds, the donor feels well that day and presents a government-issued photo ID at each donation. Potential blood donors may volunteer at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds may give independently; and there is no upper age limit for donating blood. For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.
About Carter BloodCare
Carter BloodCare is an independent, community blood center providing transfusion resources to more than 180 medical facilities in 50-plus counties of north, central and east Texas. The non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is one of the largest blood programs in Texas, delivering more than 300,000 blood products annually to meet hospitals’ requirements for their patients. Services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage and distribution of blood and blood products. The program is accredited by the AABB, including a laboratory with accreditation for molecular testing of red cell antigens. It is licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is a member of America’s Blood Centers.