In the modern world of fast technology and information at your fingertips, people take blood donation for granted. Although the first blood transfusion took place almost two centuries ago, in 1818, it was followed by many failures. The failures were mainly due to the lack of understanding that people have different red blood cells, more commonly known as blood types. It wasn’t until World War 2 that blood donation made significant strides due to this knowledge as well as learning how to preserve and transport the donated blood.
After the conclusion of World War 2, blood banks were created in all major cities across the United States. Because of the spread of many diseases through the transfusion of blood, the federal goverment has placed many restrictions and regulations on blood donation to keep people safe.
“Human blood is precious. There is no substitute for it and there is no way to manufacture it outside the body. Yet, millions of time each year, human blood is required to save the lives of people suffering from disease or who are victims of accidents.”
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Follow the American Red Cross to obtain a variety of information about blood donations and all the other amazing servies they offer.
In my opinion, donating blood is something that everyone should do. It doesn’t take that much time yet the benefits are remarkable. Lives are saved which support growth and the community as a whole Each year, nearly five million people need blood transfusions for various reasons. For that to be reached, 266,000 blood donations a year are needed which translates to 728 donors a day.
The people who need the blood transfusions depend on those who volunteer to donate each different type of blood donations when they can. This is turn gives the gift of life back to them and their families. It puts a smile on everyone’s face to know that they gave & that they received. There are many different centers all across the country to donate and one that is frequently used in Georgia is LifeSouth. You can visit LifeSouth’s website at www.lifesouth.org to obtain more information and for the donatin center nearest you.