Every 5 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood in order to live. Out of 39% of the American population eligible to donate blood, only about 5 percent do so (and it drops considerably during the winter months).
This January, during National Blood Donor Month, follow these four simple steps at your local donation center and become a life-saving donor.
2. Mini-Physical (temperature, blood pressure, pulse, iron level)
3. Blood Donation (generally about 15 minutes)
U.S. blood type distribution is approximately as follows (updated as I accidentally left out the O types—thanks Vonna!):
- O Rh-positive: 38%
- O Rh-negative: 7%
- A Rh-positive: 34%
- A Rh-negative: 6%
- B Rh-positive: 9% (This is my blood type)
- B Rh-negative: 2%
- AB Rh-positive: 3%
- AB Rh-negative: 1%
More than 39,000 units of blood are needed each and every day—that’s a lot of blood and it has to come from us. The person who needs it next could be you, me, or someone we love, so I’m calling today to make an appointment to donate my blood.
There is probably a blood bank near you or even a mobile donation center. Check your local paper or go online to find your nearest blood donor sites: