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Governor Proclamations for National Blood Donation Week 2018

National Blood Donation Week (NBDW) unites states across the US to support their local blood banks and their tireless effort to keep blood supply stocked.  This year, National Blood Donation Week is September 3-10th with National Blood Donation Day September 5th.

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The following states have proclaimed September 5th their State Blood Donation Day and their proclamations are below:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • 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
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Arizona has proclaimed September 3-10th Arizona Blood Donation Week with more to come.

Oklahoma proclaimed the month of September Blood Donation Month.
Alaska proclaimed the month of July Blood Donation Month.

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada

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Posted in Health, news

National Blood Donation Week: States Unite to Fight National Blood Shortage

Three quarters of the United States have declared State Blood Donation Days to help combat our nation’s blood shortage as part of National Blood Donation Week (NBDW).

This year National Blood Donation Week is September 3-10th with September 5th being National Blood Donation Day.

The movement began in 2015 when Nationally Syndicated Radio Host, and local KDWN radio personality, asked Governor Brian Sandoval to proclaim Nevada Blood Donation Day to help fight the state’s blood shortage. The next year she took this movement national asking all governors to proclaim state blood donation days.

Governors in the following states have already proclaimed September 5th to be their state Blood Donation Day for 2018:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • 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
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • more to come

Arizona has proclaimed September 3-10th Arizona Blood Donation Week with more to come.

Oklahoma has proclaimed the month of September Oklahoma Blood Donation Month.

Alaska proclaimed the month of July Alaska Blood Donation Month.

“Blood and platelet donations are currently being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations are coming in, and more donations are needed, especially type O, to replenish the blood supply,” said Laurie Nehring, communications director for the American Red Cross. “We appreciate Dr. Daliah’s efforts to educate the public about the importance of regular blood donations.”

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.

“The unified effort across America to proclaim state blood donation days around the Labor Day holiday comes at an important time for patients,” said Mitzy Edgecomb, Blood Systems Vice President, Donor Marketing & Communication. “Blood donations often drop dramatically during the summer months and over holiday weeks when regular donors take time away to enjoy family vacations.  We appreciate and applaud the governors from the multiple states who have called attention to the ongoing need for blood donations and thank those who step forward to make a life-transforming impact on others by giving blood.”

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).

 

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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.

Blood supplies have been critical in many parts of the country due to natural disasters such as storms and wildfires.

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!

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For a list of Governor Proclamations visit here.

 

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada

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National Blood Donation Week: Governor’s Unite to Fight Blood Shortages

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).

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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

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Governors Uniting to Fight Critical Blood Shortages

Multiple governors are proclaiming state blood donation days in response to blood bank shortages throughout the country.

Last year 33 Governors declared state blood donation days to unite during National Blood Donation Week.

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.

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.

National Blood Donation Week is September 4-10th and this year National Blood Donation Day falls on September 8th, with many states declaring September 8th their State Blood Donation Day.

States who have already proclaimed September 8th their Blood Donation Day this year include:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

Arizona proclaimed September 4-10th Arizona Blood Donation Week.

More will follow as we near closer to September.

 

To donate blood or host a blood drive, please visit here.

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

 

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Blood Shortage Crisis – multiple states unite

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP

As summer ends, many us are relieved to see the end to the heat and for me personally, the kids returning to school.

But the end of summer is not a relief for some.  In fact, its not a relief for any of us.  The blood shortage crisis that plagued our country in the beginning of the summer has gotten worse.  And blood supplies for many blood banks, hospitals, medical centers are now at critical levels.

Adding fuel to the fire, the Zika crisis is preventing many people who usually donate blood to wait at least a month, following the February FDA deferral recommendations.  And today we learn that two Florida counties have halted blood donation entirely due to a confirmed local transmission of the virus.

National Blood Donation Week was created for this reason.  The first full week of September, the 4th – 10th is National Blood Donation Week culminating on September 10th for National Blood Donation Day.  Created by Dr. Daliah Wachs, a family physician, nationally syndicated radio personality and assistant professor at Touro University Nevada, National Blood Donation Week unites all states and blood banks all across America. In 2014 she joined forces with United Blood Services and American Red Cross to create Nevada Blood Donation Day, and its success led to the creation of the campaign to create state blood donation days in every state.

States who proclaimed Blood Donation Days include:

Illinois

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

Nevada

Michigan

Alaska

New Hampshire

Pennsylvania

Washington

South Dakota

Minnesota

Wisconsin

Georgia

Nebraska

Arizona Governor Ducey proclaimed Arizona Blood Donation Week, as did Governor Pence for Indiana.

Alaska proclaimed the whole month of September Blood Donation Challenge Month.

Please help fight the Blood Shortage

One pint of blood can potentially save three lives.  So a campaign such as this could save millions.  Many blood donors can donate every 56 days and if one is donating platelets (clotting factors) they could donate roughly every week with a max of 24 weeks.

Blood donation only takes about 10-15 minutes and all blood is screened prior to delivery to the blood banks.

When disaster strikes, the blood that is on the shelves had been processed days before.  Hence blood needs to be donated and ready before a crisis.  Since the shelf life of donated blood is approximately 42 days, blood donations are urged year round!  The average healthy person can easily donate 3-4 times a year.

Any all all blood types are welcome.  A, B, AB and O blood types will be gratefully received by blood banks throughout the US.  If you can host a drive or donate blood, please visit any of the following websites:

www.NationalBloodDonationDay.com and follow the link.  There are many blood banks available with their link if one wishes to donate blood or even host a blood drive.

Dr. Daliah

Daliah Wachs, MD is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician who hosts the nationally syndicated show on iHeart Radio and GCN Network, The Dr. Daliah Show.