Science26 Jul 2007 07:24 am
Today’s entry provides a good opportunity to make a small but substantial difference: you’ve just learned about the importance of blood, so why not donate some of your own?
If it weren’t for blood transfusions, over 4.5 million Americans would die every year from blood loss. Other statistics are equally shocking: someone needs a transfusion every three seconds; one out of 10 people entering a hospital will need blood; one pint of donated blood could save three lives. Despite the importance of blood for transfusions, hospitals often experience shortages, especially for types O and B. If you have one of these blood types, or if you simply want to make a charitable gesture today, consider donating at your local Red Cross. (To find your local Red Cross, click here.
Of course, not everybody should donate blood. If you’re worried about your eligibility, or about potential health risks, click here for more information.
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