Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood donation. Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day. One blood donation can potentially save up to 3 lives. And yet, less than 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood or platelets. When the COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to a screeching halt for several months, blood donations dropped significantly. While there was an increase as the world reopened, the blood supply remains precarious. As we head toward the holiday season, donations generally decrease.
Consider that a single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood. Now imagine telling that person’s family members that the blood needed to treat that patient was not available. Blood transfusions are often essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses and traumatic injuries. As those who work in the healthcare industry, we understand the great impact a simple blood donation can have on the lives of others.
Join Sysmex and the American Red Cross and pledge your donation today. In less than 30 minutes, you could save up to 3 lives. Will you help?
*Statistics from American Red Cross website