National Blood Donation Week (NBDW) is September 4-10th and the majority of US governors are proclaiming State Blood Donation Days September 8th, National Blood Donation Day.
Blood supplies have been critical in many parts of the country and natural disasters such as Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey tax blood banks even more.
What makes NBDW so unique is that both Republican and Democratic governors are uniting and coming together for a common cause.
One pint of blood has the potential to save three lives. Imagine what the whole country can do!
Last year 33 Governors declared state blood donation days to unite during National Blood Donation Week. These included, Oklahoma, Mississippi, New Mexico, Connecticut, North Dakota, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Indiana, Arkansas, Vermont, Utah, Montana, Louisiana, Alabama, Missouri, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Oregon, Iowa, Florida, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, South Dakota, Washington, Georgia, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Nebraska.
This year more are uniting to help bring in even more blood supply. Some of the states proclaiming September 8 their State Blood Donation Day include: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming. Arizona declared Arizona Blood Donation Week September 4-10th. Maryland declared their blood donation day September 7.
According to the American Red Cross, 36,000 units of blood are needed in the U.S. every day.
Emergency rooms treating trauma victims, hospitals treating anemic patients, and medical clinics replenishing low blood levels in cancer patients require a steady supply of blood products.
38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood but less than 10% actually do.
Donating blood is easy and takes less than one hour. Many places of work can hold blood drives so employees don’t have to take off work (plus you get yummy cookies).
Inconsistent donation patterns during the year result in unpredictable and reliable blood supply numbers, hence donation is requested year round.
United Blood Services suggests donating three times a year.
The summer and holiday season appear to be the “dryest” in terms of donations. States and regions frequently need to ship blood to areas who are in need.
The American Red Cross is holding hundreds of blood drives this week and to find one near you please go to: American Red Cross Blood Drive Locator.
United Blood Services serves hospitals and centers throughout the United States and their blood drives can be located at: United Blood Services/BloodHero.com.
Blood Bank of Hawaii is holding the following blood drives in Hawaii found here.
Rhode Island Blood Center is holding the following drives here.
Blood Bank of Delmarva drives can be found here.
For more on National Blood Donation Day/Week click here.
For a list of State Proclamations click here.
Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician