November is Prematurity Awareness Month. Blood transfusions donated by volunteer blood donors can help replace red cells, platelets, and plasma in both premature infants and their mothers.
Donor Resources Representative
Miller-Keystone Blood Center
Everitt F. Binns, Ph.D.
Director, EMS/Transport Grand View Healthhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2x-7LXW1OU
You don‘t have to be a doctor to save a life, you can do so by donating blood for those in need.
Red Blood Cells have a shelf life of 42 days. Platelets have a shelf life of 5 days. Hence the continual need. Plasma, which is frozen within 24 hours after donation, expires after one year.
When you donate with Miller-Keystone your blood stays local to save a life at one of the 22 regional hospitals we supply.
The average donation time for whole blood is about 5 to 8 minutes but the entire process takes about 45 to 60 minutes from registration to mini physical to enjoying snacks and refreshments.
You are not alone. Many people have this fear but find that they can still donate blood. Let our trained staff know your fear, they are there to help. You will only feel a slight pinch, which pales in comparison to saving a life.
A unit (about one pint) of blood is drawn. The average person has between 8 and 12 pints of blood in their body.
There is currently no substitute for blood, it only comes from volunteer blood donors like you. In a medical emergency, the availability of blood is often the most important factor in saving a life.
Save a Life Call 800-B-A-DONOR