The American Red Cross is facing an unprecedented demand for blood donors this season. Recent natural disasters such as the Missouri tornadoes have depleted blood supplies, and record high temperatures have discouraged potential donors from visiting Red Cross centers. Have you ever donated blood? Most people over the age of seventeen and weighing more than 110 pounds are eligible to donate, and appointments can be made at your local blood center online. Whole blood donation can be performed in less than an hour, with a minimum of pain, and that single pint of donated blood can drastically improve the chances of someone surviving a life-threatening injury or surgery.

Check out this video that explains the blood donation process:

Consider making a whole blood or platelet donation, and encouraging friends and family members to do the same. It’s a decision that can and does save a life.

Gena Radcliffe
MedexSupply Blogger

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