Trauma Awareness Month

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May is Trauma Awareness Month. One way you can help out and get involved is by donating blood! Here are some facts about why donating blood is both safe and important (source: American Red Cross)
  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
  • Only 7 percent of people in the U.S. have type O negative blood. Type O negative donors are universal red cell donors as their blood can be given to people of all blood types.
  • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.
    • Type O negative blood is needed in emergencies before the patient’s blood type is known and with newborns who need blood.
    • 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.
  • According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions in the U.S. annually (source: National Trauma Institute)
  • Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.
  • Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments.
    • Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure it is safe for the donor to give blood.
    • 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 minutes.

By donating blood this month, you can help the lives of trauma patients and countless others. Here are a few local blood donation centers you can head to:

  • American Red Cross
    • Drive located @ Wyoming Community Center, May 23rd. Click here to sign up online for a donation time.
  • Michigan Blood
    • Schedule an appointment at their Main Donation Center located on Fuller NE St, through this link
    • Find other donation locations by entering your zip code here

There are several ways you can get involved for May’s Trauma Awareness month: become certified in CPR or first aid by taking classes, make a monetary donation, donate blood, or find an organization where you can donate your time. Through your efforts, we can support our local hospitals and trauma departments.

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