Every Pint Counts: 6 Reasons to Give Blood

The need for blood is constant. Every day, patients in our communities are helped by donors who give at blood drives. That is why Globe University-Woodbury partners with the American Red Cross to host quarterly blood drives.

The next blood drive at Globe University-Woodbury campus: Tuesday, April 9 from 12:00-5:00 p.m. (no pre-registration required)

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The next American Red Cross Blood Drive at Globe University-Woodbury is April 9, 2013.

Thanks to those who donate at blood drives, the American Red Cross collects and distributes more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply. Below are six examples of patients who survived because of Red Cross blood drive donors—in other words, six reasons to give blood:

  • A woman required 40 units of red blood cells for a hysterectomy
  • Five units of platelets, five unites of plasma and 21 units of red blood cells helped a patient with gastrointestinal bleeding.
  • A liver transplant patient needed 48 units of red blood cells
  • Thirty units of red blood cells and five units of platelets were transfused to car accident victim
  • Four gunshot victims required 12 units of red blood cells
  • Ten units of red blood cells were needed for a heart surgery patient

One unit of blood equals is 450ml—just under a pint.

“You are helping to save somebody’s life,” said Shelli Miller, mother of three children who all required blood products. “It takes such a little amount of time to make a difference for somebody else. There’s not a better gift that you can give anybody.”

Nervous About Giving Blood?

Many first-time donors will come to blood drives with the fear of blood or needles. However, most first-timers find the donation process is easy and relatively painless. Below are a few tips on how to get past that fear to help those in need.

  • Bring moral support: Bring a friend or family member for support and celebrate your accomplishment of generosity afterward. You’ll be amazed at how good you feel for helping others in need.
  • Know what to expect: Research the donor process and eligibility requirements so you are familiar and confident before you donate.
  • Realize how you are helping: By donating one pint of blood you are helping save at least three lives.
  • It’s really not that bad: Donors are able to listen to music, read a book or talk to fellow donors during the process. They make it as comfortable of a process for the donors because they are truly something special by helping save lives.

If you have questions about the Red Cross blood drive at Globe University-Woodbury on Tuesday, April 9, please contact Brooke Tervola at btervola@globeuniversity.edu.

We look forward to seeing you there helping save lives!