Thursday, September 1, 2011

Be Positive.......or B+

Do you donate blood?

I heard a radio ad today letting us know that there is a real need for blood right now. I have donated in the past but it's been awhile. I know it's an important thing to do and many lives depend on it.....so I called and made an appointment.

On Tuesday I will be donating 450ml (1 pint) of B+ blood.

Lana

Information about donating blood to Canadian Blood Services:

Every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood. Much of the blood that is transfused every year is done under emergency or trauma situations. In Canada, hundreds of thousands of people each year receive blood components or blood products following accidents, during surgery or for cancer treatments, burn therapy, hemophilia and other blood-related diseases.

· The average amount of blood in one person is five litres or 10.5 pints

· There are approximately 450 ml of blood in a unit

· On average, 4.6 units of blood are required per patient

· In 2004/2005 Canadian Blood Services collected approximately 850,000 units of whole blood

It is estimated that about one in two Canadians can give blood. However, this year only one in 60 has and Canadian Blood Services needs this to change.

Basic Eligibility

Please note that this information is subject to change. Final eligibility determination rests with the screening staff at the donor clinic.

Identification
Identification with full name and signature, or full name and photograph required.

Age
To donate, you must be at least 17 years of age, in general good health, and feeling well on the day of your donation. If you have never donated before and have had your 61st birthday, or if you are between the ages of 67 and 71, and have not donated within the last two years, you must be assessed by a physician who must fill out and sign the following letter. You must also meet the other standard requirements for donation. To find out more, please call us at1 888 2 DONATE.

Letter to the Attending Physician (Please bring the completed letter with you to the clinic when you next come in to donate)

Weight
At least 50 kg (110 lb).

Frequency of Donation
Minimum interval between blood donations is 56 days.

Health
In general good health and feeling well. You should have had something to eat and adequate sleep. You must also meet hemoglobin (iron) requirements (test done at clinic).

Screening
At the time of donation, you will be asked a number of questions to determine your eligibility. For example:

· Had dental treatment (extractions, fillings, cleaning, restoration)

o For cleaning or filling: until the day after treatment

o For extraction, root canal or dental surgery: 72 hours provided there is full recovery

· A cold, flu or sore throat

o Full recovery

· Had ear or body piercing or tattooing

o 6 months

Donating blood does not put you at risk of disease. All needles are sterile, used only once and discarded. The usual blood collection - a "unit" - is about half a litre, or one pint. Your body soon replaces all the blood you donate.

Stem Cells
To be eligible to join the Canadian Blood Services OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, you must:

· Be between 17 and 50 years of age

· Meet certain health-related criteria

· Fall between certain height and weight levels

For more information please call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).