Help save a life, and give blood!
On April 6-7, the Delta Blood Bank and University of the Pacific will host their annual Blood Drive in front of Grace Covell.
It is imperative to give blood frequently because of 1) its short shelf life, and 2) the amount of hospitalized patients who inevitably need blood transfusions.
Because of the variety of blood types (A+/-, B+/-, AB+/- and O+/-) and the specific red blood cell compatibility associated with each type, the Blood Bank holds frequent blood drives to ensure there is enough of each type of blood to properly service each patient.
According to the Delta Blood Bank website, “Blood is perishable. Whole blood has a shelf life of 42 days.
Platelets have a shelf life of 5 days.” Every day someone in the hospital needs blood.
The Delta Blood Bank website also shares that “1 out of every 7 hospitalized patients will need blood.”
The average person has 10-12 pints of blood in their body, and the typical blood donation will only take one pint.
However, when a life-threatening car accident occurs, the average human may need up to 100 pints of blood to sustain life.
Luckily, people are able to give blood every 56 days. According to Medicaldaily.com’s 2013 article “Why donating blood is good for your health,” “a single individual who donates whole blood starting at 17 years old every 56 days until they reach 76 will have donated 48 gallons of blood, potentially saving more than 1,000 lives.”
These are just a few of the many reasons you should give blood. So Tigers, come out and support our blood drive — you’ll feel bloody good knowing that you’re saving lives.
For more information, please contact Chris Cannon at firstname.lastname@example.org.