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Martha Jefferson Monday: Blood Donation

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There is a never-ending demand for blood in America, but what exactly can you expect when you donate blood?  

In Virginia, 400 donors are needed each day to keep up with the current demand for blood. Donating is simple and takes just about an hour.  

 "To prepare to give blood, it's important to drink plenty of fluids and eat a good meal before you come in," said Marly Fausz of Virginia Blood Services. 

When you arrive, you'll go through a registration process. You must be 16 to donate and at least one hundred and ten pounds.  

Fausz said, "All of our phlebotomists have gone through a 12 week program, and they will walk you through the entire process from registration to the screening room, they give you a mini physical and then they will be with you during the process when the needle is in your arm as well." 

Each donation is one pint of blood but can help up to three different people.  

"In your blood, we have red blood cells, platelets and plasma, so technically your platelets could go to a cancer patient, your plasma could go to a burn victim and your red blood cells could go to someone with anemia," continued Fausz.  

Once you're done, you'll need to avoid strenuous activity for the rest of the day. Then, after 2 months- when your red blood cells are replaced- you can donate again.  

Fausz said, "It's the quickest and easiest way to help someone right here in our community." 

If you would like to find out more information on this topic, call Health Connection at (434) 654-7009.

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