Kent County, Kalamazoo Muskegon Michigan National Black Nurses Association

Information for First Community AME Church and KMMNBNA Blood Drive to be held Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Why Donate Blood?

In my opinion, the reason for donating blood is to help individuals who are in need of a life saving act of kindness from another human being. An "ACT" to save a life. The act of giving blood is truly giving the "Gift of life." Human blood cannot be manufactured in a corporation, nor any business, human blood can only come from another human being. It can only come from "You or Me." Birthale Archie,
1. 4.5 million Americans will a need blood transfusion each year.
2. Someone needs blood every two seconds.
3. About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood
4. One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
5. 94 percent of blood donors are registered voters. ( interesting fact)
American Blood Centers

A blood donation truly is a "gift of life" that a healthy individual can give to others in their community who are sick or injured. In one hour's time, a person can donate one unit of blood that can be separated into four individual components that could help save multiple lives. From one unit of blood, red blood cells can be extracted for use in trauma or surgical patients. Plasma, the liquid part of blood, is administered to patients with clotting problems. The third component of blood, platelets, clot the blood when cuts or other open wounds occur, and are often used in cancer and transplant patients. Cryoprecipitated anti-hemophilic factor (AHF) is also used for clotting factors. ( )

Why African American Need to Donate Blood

1. First of all, to give the" Gift of Life" to any person in need is a Christian noble act of love.
2. Many African American have Sickle Cell Disease in which the Red Blood Cells are destroyed at a rapid rate when there is a flare up of the condition. The flare up causes red blood cells to be destroyed which leads to anemia. Ones hemoglobin may fall quite low and in such a case, a blood transfusion is needed. Birthale
3. The Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that affects more than 80,000 people in the United States, 98 percent of whom are of African descent.
4. Many patients with severe sickle cell disease receive blood transfusions every month.

African American Inventor - Black History Month
Charles Drew was born June 3, 1904 in Washington D. C, the son of Richard and Norma Drew.
In 1928, Charles decided to pursue a career in medicine and enrolled in McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
He was received as a member of the Honorary Medical Society and graduated in 1933 as second in his class of 127 students. While at McGill, Dr. Drew saved the life of a man by giving him a blood transfusion.
Later he accepted a position at Columbia University Presbyterian Hospital whereby he developed the technique to separate the plasma from the whole blood and store the plasma and red blood separately which allowed for storage up to two weeks vs. a storage of two days for whole blood.
Charles Drew was born on June 3, 1904 in Washington, D
_______________.C., the son of Richard and Nora Drew and eldest of five children. Charles was one of those rare individuals who
First Time Donors

Be sure to drink plenty of fluids on the day of your donation.
Wear Something Comfortable
Wear clothing with sleeves that can easily be rolled up above the elbow.
Maintain a Healthy Level of Iron in Your Diet Before Donating
If possible, include iron-rich foods (a healthy iron level in your diet by eating iron rich foods, such as red meat, fish, poultry, beans, spinach, iron-fortified cereals and raisins) in your diet, especially in the weeks before your donation. Cream of Wheat cereal is an excellent source of iron.
Bring a List of Medications You Are Taking
We will need to know about any prescription and/or over the counter medications that may be in your system.
Bring an ID
Please bring either your donor card, driver's license or two other forms of identification.
Bring a Friend
Bring along a friend, so that you may both enjoy the benefits of giving blood.
Blood donation is a simple and very safe procedure so there is nothing to worry about

In general, blood donors must...
Be in general good health.
Be at least 17 years old in most states (in some states 16 years old with parental consent).
Weigh at least 110 pounds.
Have not donated blood in the last 56

Are you ready to make a difference?
Here are some things you should know:
Blood donation is a safe and simple procedure, and gives you the great feeling of having
saved up to 3 lives
The whole process takes around an hour, but the actual donation only takes about 8-10
Drink plenty of water so you're hydrated before donating.
Have a healthy meal before you donate - and try to avoid fatty foods.
Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.
Bring a valid form of identification with you (driver's license or another form of ID that
verifies your age) -
we need this or your donor card each time you donate.
If you live in a state that allows you to donate at 16, bring your signed
parental consent form with you to your appointment.
If you are taking any medication, bring a list of those with you.
Donation frequency:
Donation Type Donation Frequency
Blood (whole blood) Every 56 days
Platelets Every 7 days, up to 24 times / year
Plasma Every 28 days, up to 13 times / year
Double Red Cells Every 112 days, up to 3 times / year

How long will it take to replenish the pint of blood I donate?
The plasma from your donation is replaced within about 24 hours. Red cells need about four to six weeks for complete replacement. That's why at least eight weeks are required between whole blood donations
Why does the Red Cross ask so many personal questions when I give blood?
The highest priorities of the Red Cross are the safety of the blood supply and our blood donors. Some individuals may be at risk of transferring communicable disease through blood donation due to exposure via travel or other activities or may encounter problems with blood donation due to their health. We ask these questions to ensure that it is safe for patients to receive your blood and to ensure that it is safe for you to donate blood that day.

Courtesy: Birthale Archie