I’ve been wanting to donate blood for a while now and I finally did! On Friday, March 22 the Physicians Assistants Program Class of 2014 hosted a blood drive at my school, Pace University for the New York Blood Center. They were hoping to reach 70 donations and were able to surpass this goal with over 100 donations!
The whole process took about 2 hours (what you have to do before donating is what takes the most time) and is extremely rewarding, well worth the time. To this day, I still feel great about what I did.
Before you can donate, you have complete some paperwork and be seen by a physician to ensure that you are eligible and able to give blood. This consists of checking your blood pressure, taking your temperature, sampling your blood, and answering a few basic questions such as your height, weight and any previous medical conditions. Once you are cleared by the physician, off to donate blood you go! The process took me only about 8 minutes. I was actually pretty surprised when my physician told me I was all done. It’s so simple, which is even more incentive for people to donate.
After they collect the blood needed (and I promise, it doesn’t hurt a bit), they put a bandage on you and that’s it. In as little as 8 minutes, you just saved a life.
Someone in this country needs a life-saving transfusion every 3 seconds…which is roughly 28,000 people a day. It is hard to imagine that many people are in need for blood each and every day. What is even more unbelievable is that a single donation of blood can help save 3 lives. 3 lives. Give 8 minute and save 3 lives? I see no question in that. It is just one of the simple ways you can help people in need. There is just no substitute for human blood and we need more people willing to take this small action. It goes a long way and you’ll be glad that you did it. 60% of Americans are eligible to donate blood yet on average only 5% of Americans do. Think about it. Giving blood is a small action that makes a huge difference in the lives of many people.