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5 Reasons to Give Blood

5 reasons to give bloodAt a recent blood drive, students at the Harris School rolled up their sleeves to help area patients

Giving blood can sound intimidating to some people, but most people agree that it sounds harder than it really is. This May, students at the Harris School of Business in Cherry Hill, NJ showed their commitment to helping others by participating in a Red Cross blood drive. Organized by Tabbatha Moye-Little, director of medical education at the Cherry Hill campus, the blood drive resulted in enough blood donations to help 38 patients in the Delaware Valley region. The Harris School would like to thank the students for taking part in this important activity.

Have you ever considered donating blood? For those who are considering it, but haven’t worked up the courage to do it, we have put together some good reasons to give it a try.

Reason #1: What better way to help another human being?
It is true. Donating your blood can help to save another person’s life. Blood donations are used in hospitals throughout the country every single day. For this reason, there is a constant need for donated blood. According to the Red Cross, more than 41,000 donations of blood are needed across the country each day. What could be more gratifying than knowing that you could help save someone’s life?

Reason #2: Donating blood is a simple process
For most people, donating blood takes about 12 to 15 minutes. You can expect to be at the blood drive for about 1 ½ hours, which includes registration and eligibility questions, having a mini-physical, and the actual donation. Donating is also a safe process. A sterile need is used only once for each donor and then discarded.

Reason #3: You will be filling a need
Whenever you choose to give blood, you will be filling a need. Blood is perishable, so it cannot be stored a long time, and therefore, new donations are always needed. Blood banks often have trouble collecting enough donations, because the demand is so great. According to the Red Cross, “every 2 seconds, someone needs blood.”

Reason #4. Blood regenerates
It doesn’t take long for your body to replace the blood you donated. According to the Red Cross, the plasma is replaced in about 24 hours, while it takes about four to six weeks for the red cells to regenerate. Within eight weeks, you can give again, if you would like!

Reason # 5. You get to enjoy refreshments and a rewarding feeling
After the donation process is over, the phlebotomists will ask you to sit down and rest for a few minutes, and enjoy some refreshments. This helps the phlebotomists to be assured that everyone is feeling okay after the blood donation. This is a great time to reflect on the importance of blood donations.

For more information about blood donation, visit the Red Cross website. The website contains many details about donating blood, why it is needed, and what to expect when you decide to donate. You can even sign up online if you would like to. There are also other opportunities to volunteer.

For more information about the Harris School of Business, and the allied health programs we offer, visit our home page.

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