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Blood Donor Day

Blood Donor Day with Virginia Blood Services

  • Jun14
    Wednesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Regency Square Mall 1420 N Parham Rd
    Richmond, VA 23229 United States

 Wednesday, June 14th, join us in saving lives for area patients as we prepare hospitals with their blood supply going into the summer.
 Local food and prize sponsors will support our need from 10 AM until 7 PM at a vacant store front (formally Express) at Regency Square Mall.
 June 14th is World Blood Donor Day, and encourages donors and their friends to join us in spreading awareness on the importance of blood donation.
 Help us reach our goal to collect 125 units of blood. This will support 375 patients!
 Every year on June 14th, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event,
established in 2004, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood
donors for their voluntary, life-supporting gifts of blood.
 Show your Virginia Blood Services pride and post a photo of you with any of your VBS swag. Tag us in it on social media using the hashtag #VBSWorldBloodDonorDay.
 Patients need blood or components of blood because of illnesses. Patients may need a blood transfusion if you have:
o A severe infection or liver disease that stops your body from properly making blood or some parts of blood.
o An illness that causes anemia, such as kidney disease or cancer. Medicines or radiation used to treat a medical condition also can cause anemia. There are many types of anemia, including aplastic, Fanconi, hemolytic, iron-deficiency, pernicious, and sickle cell anemias and thalassemia.
o A bleeding disorder, such as hemophilia or thrombocytopenia.
o Cancer treatments to help with blood clotting while undergoing chemotherapy
 Virginia Blood Services is partnering with #_station name_# to bring out the community and help support local
lives.
 From check-in to cookie, it only takes an hour, and that time can help support up to 3 lives.
 Visit vablood.org and make an online appointment to secure your life saving donation. Search under the code
6550 to locate the broadcasters for blood drive!
 Can’t make it the day of the drive? Visit a donation center, tell them you are donating on behalf of #_station
name_# – your donation will go towards our goal!
 Virginia Blood Services is the nonprofit blood provider to hospitals throughout the state of Virginia.
 It takes 400 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients in area hospitals.
 Every donation will go toward helping patients in need.
 This time of year blood donations are down due to travel and vacation during the summer months. Utilization
tends to increase, while our inventory decreases.
 Trauma happens year round, the need for blood never goes on vacation.
 Donate to honor friends, family or people you don’t even know who have been impacted by the gift of life.
 If only one more percent of all Americans would give blood, blood shortages would disappear for the
foreseeable future.

Prizes and Food
List of prizes & food to be updated as more information is available.
Visit our website for a full and daily updated list of food sponsors and prizes or to learn more about the event.
www.Vablood.org or facebook.com/VABlood Just One Reason Why: Meet Iris
“Until my daughter was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 13, I had never known anyone who needed a blood transfusion. I had heard the radio commercials about donating blood. I did not understand…”
“My daughter received life-saving blood transfusions more times than I can count. She was dependent on platelet transfusions in her last months. The blood and platelet transfusions were truly the gift of life. Sadly, there was a serious platelet shortage in the fall of 2015. We can do our part to make sure there are no shortages in our communities. In central Virginia, two to four children are diagnosed with cancer each day. In helping to ensure adequate supply, I know that another mom gets a chance to say, ‘I love you’ to her child. Your gift of blood truly is the gift of life.” – Debbie Jacobs

Who is Virginia Blood Services?
 Virginia Blood Services is the nonprofit provider of blood and blood services to hospitals throughout Virginia.
 Virginia Blood Services needs more than 400 blood donations a day to meet hospital and patient needs.
 Provides the blood for nearly two thirds of the patients receiving organ transplants in Virginia
 Virginia Blood Services receives excellent inspection reports from the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Medicare and AABB
Fast Facts
 Even with allergies you can donate blood – Donors should know the names of any medications they may be taking that will be evaluated during screening.
 In Virginia, healthy adults who are at least 16 years old, and at least 110 pounds may donate about a pint of blood – the most common form of donation – every 56 days, or every two months. Females receive 53 percent of blood transfusions; males receive 47 percent.
 Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent do so annually.
 Volunteer donors provide all blood used for transfusion in the United States.
 Whole blood can be donated once every eight weeks (56 days)
 Blood by type
O Rh-positive — 39 percent O Rh-negative — 9 percent A Rh-positive — 31 percent
A Rh-negative — 6 percent B Rh-positive — 9 percent B Rh-negative — 2 percent
AB Rh-positive — 3 percent AB Rh-negative — 1 percent
 Each unit of whole blood normally is separated into several components – Red Blood Cells, Plasma and Platelets.
 Red cells carry oxygen and are used to treat anemia or blood loss.
 Platelets are important in the control of bleeding and are generally used in
patients with leukemia and other forms of cancer.
 Plasma serves as a source of plasma proteins for patients who are deficient in or have defective plasma proteins and is generally indicated for management of preoperative or bleeding patients who require replacement of multiple plasma coagulation factors.
 Sources provided by the American Association of Blood Banks – www.aabb.org
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Fast Facts
 Even with allergies you can donate blood – Donors should know the names of any medications they may be taking that will be evaluated during screening.
 In Virginia, healthy adults who are at least 16 years old, and at least 110 pounds may donate about a pint of blood – the most common form of donation – every 56 days, or every two months. Females receive 53 percent of blood transfusions; males receive 47 percent.
 Someone needs blood every two seconds.
 Only 37 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood – less than 10 percent do annually.**
 About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood.
 One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
 Forty-two days: how long most donated red blood cells can be stored.
 Five days: how long most donated platelets can be stored.
 Children being treated for cancer, premature infants and children having heart surgery need blood and platelets from donors of all types, especially type O.
 Cancer, transplant and trauma patients, and patients undergoing open-heart surgery may require platelet transfusions to survive.
 17 percent of non-donors cite “never thought about it” as the main reason for not giving, while 15 percent say they’re too busy.
 The rarest blood type is the one not on the shelf when it’s needed by a patient.
 There is no substitute for human blood.
 The actual blood donation usually takes about 10 minutes. The entire process – from the time you sign in to the time you leave – takes about an hour.
 10 pints: amount of blood in the body of an average adult.
 The #1 reason blood donors say they give is because they “want to help
others.”
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56 Facts About Blood
1. 4.5 million Americans will a need blood transfusion each year.
2. 43,000 pints: amount of donated blood used each day in the U.S. and Canada.
3. Someone needs blood every two seconds.
4. Only 37 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood – less than 10 percent do annually.**
5. About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood.
6. One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
7. Healthy adults who are at least 17 years old, and at least 110 pounds may
donate about a pint of blood – the most common form of donation – every 56 days, or every two months. Females receive 53 percent of blood transfusions; males receive 47 percent.
8. 94 percent of blood donors are registered voters.
9. Four main red blood cell types: A, B, AB and O. Each can be positive or negative for the Rh factor. AB is the universal recipient; O negative is the universal donor of red blood cells.
10. Dr. Karl Landsteiner first identified the major human blood groups – A, B, AB and O – in 1901.
11. One unit of blood can be separated into several components: red blood cells, plasma, platelets and cryoprecipitate.
12. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body’s organs and tissues.
13. Red blood cells live about 120 days in the circulatory system.
14. Platelets promote blood clotting and give those with leukemia and other
cancers a chance to live.
15. Plasma is a pale yellow mixture of water, proteins and salts.
16. Plasma, which is 90 percent water, makes up 55 percent of blood volume.
17. Healthy bone marrow makes a constant supply of red cells, plasma and
platelets.
18. Blood or plasma that comes from people who have been paid for it cannot be used to human transfusion.
19. Granulocytes, a type of white blood cell, roll along blood vessel walls in search of bacteria to engulf and destroy.
20. White cells are the body’s primary defense against infection.
21. Apheresis is a special kind of blood donation that allows a donor to give specific blood components, such as platelets.
22. Forty-two days: how long most donated red blood cells can be stored.
23. Five days: how long most donated platelets can be stored.
24. One year: how long frozen plasma can be stored.
25. Much of today’s medical care depends on a steady supply of blood from
healthy donors.
26. 3 pints: the average whole blood and red blood cell transfusion.*
27. Children being treated for cancer, premature infants and children having heart
surgery need blood and platelets from donors of all types, especially type O.
28. Anemic patients need blood transfusions to increase their red blood cell levels.
29. Cancer, transplant and trauma patients, and patients undergoing open-heart
surgery may require platelet transfusions to survive.
30. Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that affects more than 80,000 people in the United States, 98 percent of whom are of African descent.
31. Many patients with severe sickle cell disease receive blood transfusions every month.
32. A patient could be forced to pass up a lifesaving organ, if compatible blood is not available to support the transplant.
33. Thirteen tests (11 for infectious diseases) are performed on each unit of donated blood.
34. 17 percent of non-donors cite “never thought about it” as the main reason for not giving, while 15 percent say they’re too busy.
35. The #1 reason blood donors say they give is because they “want to help others.”
36. Shortages of all blood types happen during the summer and winter holidays.
37. Blood centers often run short of types O and B red blood cells.
38. The rarest blood type is the one not on the shelf when it’s needed by a patient.
39. There is no substitute for human blood.
40. If all blood donors gave three times a year, blood shortages would be a rare event (The current average is about two.).
41. If only one more percent of all Americans would give blood, blood shortages would disappear for the foreseeable future.
42. 46.5 gallons: amount of blood you could donate if you begin at age 17 and donate every 56 days until you reach 79 years old.
43. Four easy steps to donate blood: medical history, quick physical, donation and snacks.
44. The actual blood donation usually takes about 10 minutes. The entire process – from the time you sign in to the time you leave – takes about an hour.
45. After donating blood, you replace the fluid in hours and the red blood cells within four weeks. It takes eight weeks to restore the iron lost after donating.
46. You cannot get AIDS or any other infectious disease by donating blood.
47. 10 pints: amount of blood in the body of an average adult.
48. One unit of whole blood is roughly the equivalent of one pint.
49. Blood makes up about 7 percent of your body’s weight.
50. A newborn baby has about one cup of blood in his body.
51. Giving blood will not decrease your strength.
52. Any company, community organization, place of worship or individual may
contact their local community blood center to host a blood drive.
53. Blood drives hosted by companies, schools, places of worship and civic organizations supply roughly half of all blood donations across the U.S.
54. People who donate blood are volunteers and are not paid for their donation.
55. 500,000: the number of Americans who donated blood in the days following
the September 11 attacks.
56. Blood donation. It’s about an hour of your time. It’s About Life.
*Source: The 2007 Nationwide Blood Collection and Utilization Survey Report, Department of Health & Human Services.
**W Riley, et al. The United States’ potential blood donor pool: estimating the prevalence of donor-exclusion factors on the pool of potential donors. Transfusion 2007.

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