January is Blood Donation Awareness Month

It is the beginning of the New Year, and what better way to start off on a positive note then to save a life in your community! Since 1970, January has been recognized as National Blood Donor Month. While many are still recovering from their holiday coma and/or in many places around the country the weather isn’t permitting, January has seen a lower percentage of donations. It only takes 1% of a nation’s population to hit the required blood needed of the area. To keep the motivation alive, let’s all do our part in helping save lives by donating or even just spreading the word so that others may donate!

Why it’s important to donate blood, how you could save a life

In order for hospitals to keep up with growing demands for cancer care, surgeries, traumas and other treatments about 44,000 donations are needed every day. When donating, only a pint can be taken from a healthy donor, and at most twenty-four donations a year are allowed per individual so not to harm the body. When appropriate tests are done to ensure blood is safe for transfer the blood can simply be stored for 42 days. These limitations make it difficult to mass produce and store for populations in need. The most required blood type is the one that is not on the shelf of the hospital deprived.  

Differences in blood types and what that means for you

There are four different types of blood cells: A, B, AB, and O. Our blood contains different antigens and antibodies that make up our blood cells, and each one needs the correct amount to be healthy and used appropriately in each form “In addition to the A and B antigens, there is a third antigen called the Rh factor, which can be either present (+) or absent (-). In general, Rh negative blood is given to Rh-negative patients, and Rh positive blood or Rh negative blood may be given to Rh positive patients.”

Blood type is inherited based on what our parents have given us. The AB blood types are the universal recipient and O blood types are the universal donor for all blood types. When combining the wrong blood types together it can be very harmful to the body. People with O blood types are more sought after because they are able to be used to help anyone! No matter your blood type, yours could help save a life – get started today!

A few hospitals in LA that you could visit to donate today!

Whether it be via a community run blood drive, local police department or mobile van, there are many places in the city of Los Angeles where anyone can volunteer or donate. Follow the link below to find blood donation locations that are most convenient for you today!

Blood Donation in LA

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