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SE Michigan Red Cross: 'Urgent need' for blood donors to help 'severe' blood shortage

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The Southeast Michigan region of the American Red Cross is in urgent need of blood and platelet donors.

The Red Cross tweeted on Tuesday: The Red Cross has an urgent need for blood & platelet donors to #GiveNow and help overcome a severe blood shortage. Donations are necessary to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients.

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How to donate blood

Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but can make a big difference in the lives of others. The donation process from the time you arrive until the time you leave takes about an hour. The donation itself is only about 8-10 minutes on average.

Registration

  • You will complete donor registration, which includes information such as your name, address, phone number, and donor identification number (if you have one).
  • You will be asked to show a donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of ID.
  • Health History and Mini Physical

  • You will answer some questions during a private and confidential interview about your health history and the places you have traveled.
  • You will have your temperature, hemoglobin, blood pressure and pulse checked.
  • Donation

  • We will cleanse an area on your arm and insert a brand–new, sterile needle for the blood draw. This feels like a quick pinch and is over in seconds.
  • You will have some time to relax while the bag is filling. (For a whole blood donation, it is about 8-10 minutes. If you are donating platelets, red cells or plasma by apheresis the collection can take up to 2 hours.)
  • When approximately a pint of blood has been collected, the donation is complete and a staff person will place a bandage on your arm. 
  • Refreshments

  • You will spend a few minutes enjoying refreshments to allow your body time to adjust to the slight decrease in fluid volume.
  • After 10-15 minutes you can then leave the donation site and continue with your normal daily activities.
  • Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment knowing that you have helped to save lives.
  • Your gift of blood may help up to three people. Donated red blood cells do not last forever. They have a shelf-life of up to 42 days. A healthy donor may donate every 56 days.

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