Kassia (chime_hippy) wrote in polloftheday,
Kassia
chime_hippy
polloftheday

Hi everyone =)

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.



Poll #1183068 Donating Blood

Have you ever donated blood?

Yes
39(39.0%)
I tried, but was uneligible to donate.
11(11.0%)
No
50(50.0%)

If you have not donated blood, why?

I have a disease or condition which prohibits me from donating.
6(9.7%)
Something in my medical history prohibits me from donating.
3(4.8%)
I have visted or lived in a country that makes me uneligible to donate.
2(3.2%)
I'm scared of needles.
9(14.5%)
I pass out/get sick when I have blood drawn or am around blood
2(3.2%)
I don't have the time.
0(0.0%)
I'm too young to donate.
2(3.2%)
I don't weigh enough to donate.
5(8.1%)
Other.
9(14.5%)

If you have donated, why?

I like to just help people.
4(9.5%)
It makes me feel good to donate.
1(2.4%)
I have had a blood transfusion or have known someone who has needed one.
1(2.4%)
It's just the right thing to do.
6(14.3%)
It's the patriotic thing to do.
0(0.0%)

What's your blood type?

A+
13(13.1%)
A-
2(2.0%)
B+
5(5.1%)
B-
4(4.0%)
AB+
1(1.0%)
AB-
4(4.0%)
O+
14(14.1%)
O-
13(13.1%)
I don't know.
43(43.4%)

Are you Rh or Rh- ?

Rh+
13(13.4%)
Rh -
12(12.4%)
I don't know.
72(74.2%)

What blood donation service have you used?

American or Other Red Cross
26(54.2%)
Canadian Blood Services
0(0.0%)
United Blood Services
0(0.0%)
BlueCross Blue Shield
0(0.0%)
Local Hospital or service
6(12.5%)
Other
6(12.5%)

Would you donate again? OR Do you want to donate?

Yes
60(67.4%)
No
8(9.0%)
I'm not sure yet.
21(23.6%)

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.
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