Blood Donation Guidelines

There are many advantages and benefits in donating blood. Learn the laws for who can and can't donate blood in this free video series from the American Red Cross.

Series Summary

Blood is needed every two seconds. One in seven people entering a hospital will need blood. Blood, unlike many medications and procedures, can not be manufactured or harvested. Sixty percent of the population can donate blood, but less than five percent actually donate.

You have heard it all your life. “Donate blood, and donate regularly.” Blood donations are extremely important to millions of people all over the world. In the United States alone, more than five million people will need a blood transfusion each year. The benefits are hard to deny. By donating blood, you are saving lives. Though some may be skeptical to donate blood, this act of charity and small sacrifice saves cancer patients, accident victims, and many more. The blood donation process is very quick and relatively painless. Typically, four hundred and fifty milliliters of blood are drawn during a donation process. After blood is drawn, blood plasma levels return to normal in twenty-four hours, and red blood cells are replaced within three to five weeks. With such quick recovery time, it's astounding that so many do not donate blood. Just think. In one donation, you can save three lives.

In this free video series, learn if you can donate blood. Our expert, , works with the American Red Cross. With his help, you can see if you qualify for donating blood. Learn the process of blood donation, and how your blood is tested before donating. Also, get tips for understanding how medications, diseases, travel, and tattoos effect your ability to donate blood. If you are curious about what is used in your blood donation, learn how plasma, red blood cells, and platelets are collected. There is no doubt that blood donations are in constant demand. So, take some time, and see if you can save a life today!

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