TAMC Tip: Blood Donations

| January 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

B_Pacific Regional Medical Command LogoJanuary is Blood Donation Month.

According to the American Red Cross, in the U.S., there are approximately 9.2 million blood donors each year, which only accounts for 10 percent of the estimated 38 percent eligible donors.

The one pint of blood you give during donation can save up to three lives.

Although all blood types are always needed, type O blood is the most commonly requested blood type.

Type O-negative blood is often used in emergencies before the patient’s blood type is known and with newborns who need blood.

Drawing Blood

A  safe and quick process
There are four simple steps a donor has to follow:
1) Register,
2) Provide a medical history with a mini-physical (free check of temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin),
3) Donate, and
4) Enjoy refreshments.

To donate blood, to learn more about donating or for information on how you can help, contact the Tripler Army Medical Center Blood Donation Center at 433-6148, or stop by the center located on the 2nd Floor, Oceanside.

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