When is the last time you donated blood? Tomorrow is World Blood Donor Day, and the perfect time to consider making an appointment, or dropping into a local blood bank. According to americasblood.org, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds, and that one pint you donate can save up to three people’s lives. That is pretty remarkable, for something that takes roughly an hour, and can do so much. Givingblood.org has 56 facts about blood donation, since you have to wait 56 days between donations. Some of the facts I have already mentioned, and some are already known, but perhaps you did not know that 94 percent of blood donors are registered voters, or that women receive 53 percent of the donations, while men receive 47 percent. There are many other fascinating facts, and I encourage you to check them out.
If you are ready to check to see if you meet the requirements, click here. When you are ready to donate click here to find a center in your area. We can all be life savers, and it takes such a small amount of your time!
The Heimlich maneuver was invented in 1974 by Dr. Henry Heimlich, and since it has saved more than 50,000 lives. Here is a brief biography on the life of Dr. Heimlich. Unfortunately, as with many good things that are created, there is bad that can come with it. People have sued in cases involving the Heimlich, or rather because they actually did not know it. Click this link to read about three different lawsuits, two involving meatballs. Because of this, something called the Good Samaritan Law was created, “a good Samaritan in legal terms refers to someone who renders aid in an emergency to an injured person on a voluntary basis”. Just because aid was given it does not mean a person cannot sue if the person giving aid acts irresponsible. Some states do grant immunity, and the website continues by saying, “if the good Samaritan makes an error while rendering emergency medical care, he or she cannot be held legally liable for damages in court. However, two conditions must be met, first the aid must be given at the scene of the emergency, and second, the person giving aid cannot have other motives such as hoping to get paid for services”.
Just remember, if you stop and provide aid, you may just be saving a life. And if you are not equipped to save a life through procedures, just calling for help can help. These situations can be scary, and move quickly, so if you are faced with one of these situations just ask yourself what you would want if the roles were reversed. As for Dr. Heimlich, he did pass in 2016, at the age of 96, but he saved a lot of lives before his passing, and will continue to save them indirectly long after.
The American Red Cross brings us many programs, being there to help people in their time of need. If you are like me, then you will want to know what happens to the blood you donate after. I found these steps on the Red Cross website; first it is collected, or we donate our blood, then the blood is sent to a Red Cross center and where it processed and separated out. It is then tested, to make sure the blood can be used, and stored, before being distributed to hospitals. The blood is available to be sent out 24/7.
There are number of good reasons to donate blood, but the main reason, you can help save a life. Every two seconds someone needs blood, and while fewer than 4 out of every 10 people can give blood, fewer than 1 in 10 actually do. If you do nothing else this month, stop, take time to give, you never know when you might need the favor returned.
If you live in the Central Valley, here are places you can go to donate.