Coming up on June 14 is World Blood Donor Day, a great day to get involved in the health of people of all ages around the globe. While SYNERGY HomeCare does not provide blood transfusions or collect blood donations, we work with many people who have relied on transfusions after injuries and during medical procedures. With the contributions of blood donors, the people we care for can have a better chance to live longer, healthier lives.
World Blood Donor Day exists to raise the awareness of the need for blood donations as well as to ensure the availability of “safe blood” for transfusion. Since June 14, the birthday of Nobel Prize winner Karl Landsteiner, creator of the ABO blood group system, the World Health Organization dedicated it to blood donors throughout the world. It could not come at a better time because the number of blood donations trends down during the summer months. The American Red Cross reports that it needs 22,000 units of blood every week day and 15,000 more units over the weekend.
Usually, one blood donation collects about 1 pint of blood, which can save up to three lives. With about 92 Million annual donations, potentially 276 Million people can benefit from their donations! We would like to thank blood donors around the world for their life-saving gifts.
Whether or not you can give blood, this is a great time to become involved in World Blood Donor Day. You can schedule an appointment to donate blood or volunteer through the American Red Cross. You can also get involved through United Blood Services, which offers rewards for regular donations. When you donate blood or volunteer your time, you give someone the chance to have a longer life.
SYNERGY HomeCare is proud to ensure the comfort and well being of people post- transfusion. If you are recovering from a medical procedure or injury, or have a disease that creates the need for transfusions like liver disease, kidney disease, cancer or anemia, find out what your local SYNERGY HomeCare office can do for you.