Blood Drive on August 4, 2016
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
Blood Drive & Blue Bell Ice Promotional
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Houston City Club
10 am-2 pm
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Q: Why should I donate blood?*
A: Safe blood saves lives and improves health. Blood transfusion is needed for:
- women with complications of pregnancy, such as ectopic pregnancies and hemorrhage before, during or after childbirth;
- children with severe anemia often resulting from malaria or malnutrition;
- people with severe trauma following man-made and natural disasters; and
- many complex medical and surgical procedures and cancer patients.
It is also needed for regular transfusions for people with conditions such as sickle cell disease and is used to make products such as clotting factors for people with hemophilia.
There is a constant need for regular blood supply because blood can be stored for only a limited time before use. Regular blood donations by a sufficient number of healthy people are needed to ensure that safe blood will be available whenever and wherever it is needed.
Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person — the gift of life. A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several if your blood is separated into its components — red cells, platelets and plasma — which can be used individually for patients with specific conditions.
*World Health Organization, April 2016
Fun Fact: One pint of whole blood can save up to three lives.