A little blood goes a long way

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Ohio Valley Publishing periodically provides information about upcoming local blood drives.

Holzer Health System and the American Red Cross are celebrating January as National Blood Donor Month with a blood drive Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Davis Family Conference Rooms, located on the ground floor of Holzer’s Gallipolis campus.

Every two seconds, someone needs blood, and the American Red Cross must collect about 14,000 pints of blood each day in order to meet the needs of our hospitals.

According to the Red Cross:

Approximately 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.

A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.

Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.

It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.

More than 1.6 million people were expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2015. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.

Donating blood not only helps with the nation’s blood supply — the process includes a mini physical to check your pulse, blood pressure, body temperature and hemoglobin.

Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in the lives of others. The donation process from the time you arrive until the time you leave takes about an hour. The donation itself is only about 8-10 minutes on average.

Donors should schedule an appointment or obtain more information by calling (740) 446-5000. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years old (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

Make the commitment to donate. A little of your blood may go a long way toward saving a life.

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