Tom shares some statistics anyone in good health needs to know: only 5% of those eligible to donate do so, while the need for transfusions is increasing at a rate of 9% per year.
Some times of the year experiences high demand, particularly in summer and winter.
Whole blood has a longer shelf life than milk, but it's still only 42 days, making it impossible to "store" for the lean times.
If you are in good health, visit your area blood donation station and give the gift of life.
There Is No Substitute For Human Blood
The need for blood can only be satisfied by the donations of others. Science has not come up with a way of making a solution that can be used in its place. There is a constant demand for blood donations year round, with a peak demand in both the winter and summer. Whole blood has a shelf life of 42 days, so blood cannot be collected in advance for these slow donation months.
In Placerville and Cameron Park, the Delta Blood Bank is always in need of donors willing to give blood. It is estimated that only 5% of eligible donors donate blood, while the number of transfusions increase 9% every year. Every 2 seconds, someone in the US needs blood; and there is a shortage in supply.
In Placerville, the Delta Blood Bank is located at:
681 Main St., Ste. 211 Placerville, CA
Thursday 11:00am to 5pm
In Cameron Park, the Delta Blood Bank is located at:
3581 Palmer Dr., Ste 600, Cameron Park, CA
Friday 11:00am to 5pm
Why Donate Blood in Placerville and Cameron Park?
It is a great way to help those in need; one pint of blood can save three lives. Donating blood is a great way to give back to the community. It takes only 10 minutes to give blood; the entire process takes about an hour.
At the Delta Blood Bank, the process is pretty simple
Register – Show a photo ID and give your basic information, this is quicker after the initial visit.
Medical History – Fill out a series of “yes or no” questions, this just takes a few minutes.
Donation – You will need to sit in a chair for about ten minutes while your blood is collected.
Canteen – The law requires that you stay in the building for 15 minutes, the Delta Blood Bank has hot dogs, cookies, juice, water, tea and much more for you to eat and drink while you are waiting. They will write the time you may leave on your drink.
Redeem – You get points for visiting, there is a kiosk to redeem your points for tickets, ice cream and hundreds of items.
Who can donate blood?
- You must be in good general health
- At least 17 years old
- Weigh at least 110 pounds
- And have a valid identification
If you live in the Placerville or Cameron Park area, consider giving blood at the Delta Blood Bank.
Remember, There Is No Substitute For Human Blood
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