NHM Health Focus: National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
Are you in good health, at least 17 years of age* and at least 110 pounds? If so you may be able to help save a life.
Rules determining who can donate blood help protect the health and safety of both the blood donor and the patient who will receive the tranfusion. Some donor eligibility rules are specified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for all blood banks in the United States. Other rules vary depending upon the blood bank. To be certain that you are eligible to donate blood, check with your local blood bank for donor requirements.
"The need is great:
"Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. January, in particular, is a difficult month for blood centers to collect blood donations. A reduction in turnout can put our nation's blood inventory at a critical low." American Association of Blood Banks.
Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum has these resources
related to blood, blood circulation and blood donation include.