South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS)
June 2011 Blood Drive
Join the South Texas Veterans Health Care System and the San Antonio Blood and Tissue Center for our upcoming blood drive. Staff from the San Antonio Blood and Tissue Center will be on hand on June 23 from 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the ALMD Recreation Room, B101, to collect blood for the blood bank. To make an appointment to donate, please contact Tish Segui at (210) 617-5300, ext. 17821. To learn more about our blood drive, click here.
Why should you donate blood? Did you know:
- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
- More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.
- The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O.
- The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
- A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
- One donation can help save the lives of up to three people.
- Blood is a needed medical supply that cannot be manufactured - it can only come from generous donors.
- Type O-negative blood (red cells) can be transfused to patients of all blood types. It is always in great demand and often in short supply.
- Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.
- All donated blood is tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C, and other infectious diseases before it can be released to hospitals.
Blood donation facts by the numbers:
- The number of blood donations collected in the U.S. in a year: 16 million (2006).
- The number of blood donors in the U.S. in a year: 9.5 million (2006).
- The number of patients who receive blood in the U.S. in a year: 5 million (2006).
- Share of the U.S. population eligible to give blood: Less than 38 percent.
- The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 min.
- The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his body. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation.
- A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days, or double red cells every 112 days.
- If you began donating blood at age 17 and donated every 56 days until you reached 76, you would have donated 48 gallons of blood, potentially helping save more than 1,000 lives!
- Only 7 percent of people in the U.S. have O-negative blood type. O-negative blood donors are universal donors, meaning their blood can be give to people of ALL blood types.
- Type O-negative blood is needed in emergencies before the patient's blood type is known and with newborns who need blood. 45% of people in the U.S. have Type O (positive or negative) blood.
Do you donate? Here are some reasons why people do/do not donate:
- The number one reason donors say they give blood is because they "want to help others."
- Two most common reasons cited by people who don't give blood are: "Never thought about it" and "I don't like needles."