One of the popular ways to give back to your community and to help those less fortunate is by donating whole blood. Every year on June 14th of every year, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). This event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), blood and blood products can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life, and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. Blood is also vital in treating the wounded during emergencies (natural disasters, accidents, armed conflicts, etc.) and has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and perinatal care.
The American Red Cross and other blood services host regular blood drives throughout the world. The process to donate whole blood takes approximately one hour. If you are interested in donating, please visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive to find a blood drive near you. When you donate, please allow yourself plenty of time and drink at least 16oz of water beforehand. Also, remember to bring your photo ID and wear a mask. All donors are screened. The most common are temperature checks, blood pressure and hemoglobin levels. If you are eligible, you can donate whole blood every 45 days. It is a wonderful way to give back to your community, and you can feel proud knowing that your gift of a blood donation is critical to those who need it. The Library has some excellent resources about blood and its function. A few are listed below:
Blood Composition, Types, Heredity (Films of Demand Video)
Blood Donation (Films on Demand Video)
Miracle Blood (Films on Demand Video)
Mobilizing Resources (Films on Demand Video)
Summary of Red Cross’s Work (Films of Demand Video)