Did you know January is Blood Donor Awareness Month? Designed to encourage blood donations during the winter—the time of year when transfusions are most in demand—physicians and medical professionals use this opportunity to encourage their patients to donate when they can. Below, the experts from Foremost Medical Equipment share essential information you should share with your practice.
Key Points on Blood Donation
Most People Qualify as Donors
Most of us have more than enough blood to qualify as donors. If a patient is healthy enough to donate, you should encourage them to head to a local blood bank. The American Red Cross requires all donors to be at least 17 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds. Before donating blood, you should also ensure your patient is healthy enough to give—chronic conditions like diabetes should be properly managed, and if someone doesn’t feel well, they shouldn’t donate that day. In general, the patient should wait approximately 56 days between donations.
Finding a Blood Donation Center
Depending on where your practice is located, there are many online sources for finding a local donation center. In the U.K., NHS Blood and Transplant provides a comprehensive database; for practices located in the U.S., the American Red Cross is a solid resource. Your practice may even be eligible for reimbursements and government incentives if you choose to offer blood donation services.
Blood Donation Is Essential
Blood transfusions are common procedures for surgery patients and trauma victims. Type O blood, in particular, is extremely valuable. When you talk to your patients about donating blood, impress upon them the significance of this small act of kindness—they can help save a life!
If you need test tubes, centrifuges, or other medical supplies necessary for drawing blood, look at the affordable selection available through Foremost Medical Equipment. Recognized internationally for providing high-quality devices, they offer everything from patient monitors to lab medical equipment and first-aid kits. To learn more, visit their website, or call (585) 586-4880 to speak with a representative directly. You can also follow Foremost Medical Equipment on Facebook for more tips about stocking your practice and improving the quality of your care.