Just got home from yet another blood drive in my year and a half of being eligible to donate blood, and thought I'd do a poll to see what others think about donating. Personally, I think it's a very rewarding experience- even though you'll probably never meet the people using your blood, you know you've helped to save someone's life.
Have you ever donated blood?
If you have not donated blood, why?
If you have donated, why?
What's your blood type?
Are you Rh or Rh- ?
What blood donation service have you used?
Would you donate again? OR Do you want to donate?
Some Blood Donation Facts:
- You must be 17 to donate (In some places, 18), weigh 110 pounds, and be in good health to donate. You must also answer medical and history questions.
- You can donate every 56 days for a normal whole blood donation, every 3 days for a plasma donation, and every 112 days for a double red cell donation.
- If you start donating at age 17 and continue to donate until you are 79, you will have donated 48 gallons of blood, saving up to 1000 people.
- The blood supply is only 3 days from running out at any given point in time.
- Of the 37% of the US population eligible to donate, less than 5% does.
- AB is the universal receiver, and O- is the universal donor.
- AB- is the rarest blood type, followed by B-
- O+ is the most common blood type, followed by A+
- Every 2 seconds, someone needs blood.
- Human blood can not be substituted.
- 1-2 pints of blood is given in a donation, while the average adult human has 10-12 pints of blood in their body.
- Red blood cells have a shelf life of 42 days, plasma 5 days, and frozen platelets 1 year.