|Absolutely! A clean, sterile
needle is used only once - for you! - and then properly
discarded. The donation process...
|You could be saving or enriching
the lives of three hospital patients with your single donation.
Most donations are separated into components. That means
your plasma could help a burn victim in shock; your platelets,
a clotting factor, might be given to a child with leukemia;
and someone undergoing hip replacement surgery may receive
your red blood cells.
|There isn't time to give blood
and have it given directly to someone in an emergency.
Blood must be processed, tested and transported to the
hospital before it is transfused. In an emergency, blood
has to be already on the shelves ready to go. If everyone
waited to donate, there would be no blood for trauma victims
or other hospital patients needing an immediate transfusion.
What happens to your blood after you donate...
|No, not really. Try this: Give
the inside of your elbow a quick but hard pinch. That's
about as much pain as you will feel when you donate blood.
The donation process...
|Wrong! There is a constant need
by hospital patients for Type O-positive blood. Nearly
half of the population has this blood type. This means
your blood type is in constant demand. About blood types...
|Different parts of your blood
offer specific benefits to patients. Patients needing a
blood transfusion do not necessarily need all components
of whole blood. Children and adults with cancer and leukemia
need platelets after chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Bone marrow and organ transplant patients also rely on
platelets. Many patients need daily platelet transfusions
and could suffer life-threatening hemorrhages without them.
With new treatments and procedures, the demand for platelets
has grown dramatically. Giving platelets...
|Giving whole blood takes about
an hour, which includes registering, medical history, health
screening and the blood donation. The blood donation itself
only takes about six minutes. (More...) Giving platelets
requires advanced equipment and, currently, can only be
donated at the Tulsa, Dallas, Wichita Falls or Waco blood
center. This special donation takes about two hours, which
includes registration, medical history, health screening
and the platelet donation. (More...)