A Gift That Keeps Giving: Consider the Life-Saving Gift of a Blood Donation this January

January 21, 2019

A Gift That Keeps Giving: Consider the Life-Saving Gift of a Blood Donation this January
by Merita Burney, Chief Nursing Officer, Person Memorial Hospital

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood – but only about 10 percent of those who are eligible to give actually make a blood donation each year. Donated blood is a necessary part of helping patients cope with a wide variety of conditions, including burns, trauma, heart surgery, cancer, organ transplants and more. And a little goes a long way, as a one-time blood donation can save the lives of up to three people. It’s one of the best ways to give back to others and help improve the health of our community.

At Person Memorial Hospital, we’re proud to partner with our local American Red Cross chapter to host local blood drives. To help mark National Blood Donation Month this January, we had originally scheduled a blood drive for December that was unfortunately cancelled due to weather conditions. However, we have scheduled a make-up drive on February 22nd from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm at the new Person Physician Practices clinic building at 503 Ridge Road, Roxboro, NC 27573.  If you can’t fit this blood drive into your schedule, you can always contact the Red Cross who are urgently seeking donations and will happily help to schedule your donation. To be eligible to donate, a person must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health.

Donating blood is a simple and safe process that includes registration, a confidential medical history survey and mini-physical, and the donation itself, which takes no more than 10 minutes. After your donation, you’ll receive a rejuvenating snack and a brief rest so you can get back to your day’s activities with minimal disruption.

Getting the donation process started is quick and easy with the American Red Cross’ RapidPass service, which you can complete by visiting www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass. You can also use the Red Cross Blood Donor App, which you can download from the Apple App Store or Google Play for your smartphone or tablet. RapidPass gives you a head start on your pre-donation education and health history survey and allows you to save time at the donation location.

If you are interested in giving blood or have questions regarding the donation process, visit our American Red Cross Person Memorial donor page or call Keith Herl at 336.503.5799.