Sunday, February 10, 2013

Day 4 - Blood Donation

Did you know?

1.  "Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood."

2.  "The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints."

3.  "One [blood] donation can help save the lives of up to three people."

(Facts compiled from

4"In neonates, approximately 20% of red blood cell (RBC) and most of the plasma products are used for surgical procedures, of which cardiac surgery is the most common indication." (

Take action!

Donate.  I'll be honest with y'all.  I've yet to overcome my fear of needles and donate blood myself.  I tried once in high school, completely chickened out, and haven't tried since - not even after watching bags and bags of blood flow into Ethan's tiny, sick body.  It's something I want to do - should do, even - and 2013 just might be my year.  How about you? Find a donation opportunity near you.

Tomorrow's topic: Organ Transplant and Donation

Previous topics for CHD Awareness Week - 2013:

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