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Blood Donor Month: Why is it Important?

Posted by Staff on January 26, 2023

Orchard Hospital Blog - Blood Donor Month Why is it ImportantJanuary is National Blood Donor Month which serves to raise awareness about the importance of blood donation and to encourage people to become regular blood donors. The event has a long history that dates back to 1969, when President Nixon signed Senate Joint Resolution 154 to honor those who give blood and encourage more to do so.

Blood Donation in Human History

The history of blood donation can be traced back to ancient civilizations, where bloodletting was used as a medical treatment for various ailments. However, it wasn't until the 20th century that the practice of blood donation as we know it today began to take shape. During World War II, blood banks were established to collect and store blood for wounded soldiers, and this led to the development of modern blood banking techniques.

In the years that followed, blood donation became an increasingly important part of modern medicine. Today we use it to treat a wide range of medical conditions and during medical procedures. It’s also used in the treatment of blood disorders such as anemia and hemophilia.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, every two seconds someone needs blood in the US. However, all blood only has a shelf life of 42 days, which makes regular donation even more important. The good news is that it’s a safe and simple process that can save lives and improve the health of many people.

Giving = Living

One of the most important aspects of blood donation is that it’s a voluntary act. Blood donors aren’t compensated for their donation. They give out of a sense of compassion and a desire to help others. This makes blood donation a truly selfless act that can have a profound impact on the lives of others.

Blood plays a critical role in our bodies. It’s responsible for carrying oxygen and nutrients to our cells, and also removing waste products and toxins from our bodies. It even supports our immune system by helping fight off infections and disease.

Ready for one of the wildest facts about blood that you may not have considered? Blood cannot be artificially created or replaced. The only way to obtain blood is through the generosity of blood donors. This is why it’s so important to have a steady supply of blood available for those who need it.

Myths About Blood Donation

Despite the importance of blood donation, many people are still hesitant to become donors. Some may be afraid of needles or may have a general fear of blood. Others may simply be hesitant because they don't know much about the process or the benefits of donating blood. There are some people who are physically unable to give blood, but that’s a very small percentage.

For most of the population, blood donation is relatively easy and straightforward. The process typically takes about an hour, and involves a simple screening process, a small amount of blood being taken, and a short recovery period. The whole process is done with great care and hygiene to ensure the safety of the donor and the recipient.

Become a Blood Donor

National Blood Donor Month serves as a reminder of the importance of blood donation and encourages more people to become regular blood donors. By raising awareness about the need for blood donation and the benefits of giving blood, we can dispel myths and misconceptions about donating blood and encourage more people to become involved in this vital and life-saving process.

It’s a truly selfless act that can have a profound impact on the lives of others. With the blood donation process being simple and straightforward, it’s never been easier to help others, and this month serves as a reminder to do so.

When was the last time you had a routine blood screening? Orchard Hospital's Medical Specialty Center - Your Everyday Health Care Clinic – is ready to help!

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