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BREAKING NEWS

Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Aug 7, 2008

Phlebotomist-It is an individual who is trained to draw blood, either for laboratory tests or blood donations.

Today, the United Methodist Church is hosting the Estherville Community Blood drive from 12:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Please take time to stop by and make a donation. To be an eligible donor, a person must be 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood in the last eight weeks.

For those who have never donated before, or as a refresher for those who have, you will need to provide proof of identification and will undergo a mini-physical which includes taking your vitals: temperature, blood pressure and iron levels.

Here are a few facts about blood donations:

n More than 4.5 million patients need blood transfusions each year in the United States and Canada.

n Amount of donated blood used daily in United States and Canada is 43,000 pints

n Someone needs blood every two seconds.

n Only 37 percent of the United States population is eligible to donate blood less than 10 percent do annually.

n About one in seven people entering a hospital need blood.

n One pint of blood can save up to three lives.

n Platelets promote blood clotting and give those with leukemia and other cancers a chance to live.

n How long most donated red blood cells can be stored ? – 42 days.

n How long most donated platelets can be stored? – Five days.

n How long frozen plasma can be stored? – One year.

n 17 percent of non-donors cite “never thought about it” as the main reason for not giving, while 15 percent say they’re too busy.

Please don’t be too busy. Take an hour out of your day to save someone else’s life.

Information found at: www.bloodcenters.org