Celebrate National Blood Donor Month

National Blood Donor MonthEvery two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, and more than 44,000 blood donations are needed each day to meet medical needs. Blood and its components cannot be synthesized or manufactured, but must come from donors to meet demand. January isNational Blood Donor Month, and it is time to get out and give.

Historically known as the lowest donation month of the year, January’s donation numbers take a serious dip thanks to busy holiday schedules and rising flu and cold numbers. Conversely, the need for blood can also rise during winter months due to icy roads and high risks for traumatic injury. Thus, the Red Cross is asking for all blood types, with a special emphasis on O-negative, A-negative, and B-negative blood types.

Local blood donation centers may be holding special activities to bring in donors, and getting involved may give you more than just a good feeling.

Bragging rights: Some donation centers use a little healthy competition, like fans of opposing sports teams to face off for bragging rights. Give blood in honor of your team, and the one with the most donations wins the right to boast about their victory!

Prizes and discounts: How about groceries for a year? The American Red Cross is offering January donors the chance to win FREE groceries for a year from Kroger. A donation that takes only a few minutes could keep you full for the next 12 months. Keep an eye out for other donation centers with similar incentives to give.

Celebrate IV Nurse Day on January 25th

Giving blood is a simple process that’s made easier by experienced, caring medical professionals. Proper IV skills are the foundation of a positive blood donation experience, and an IV nurse may be the one accessing your veins. Responsible for not just blood donation and administration, IV nurses have dedicated their careers to all types of infusion therapy techniques. Focusing on safety, technology, and high-quality patient care, IV nurses often possess advanced skills for the placement, evaluation, and management of many types of intravenous devices.

Celebrating IV Nurse Day can take many forms. From a small get together with colleagues to a complete dinner and extensive educational program, IV nurses deserve recognition for their hard work. The Infusion Nurses Society (INS) offers a variety of ideas to thank these dedicated professionals. With several local chapters, the INS offers registered nurses (RNs) the opportunity to attend educational seminars and address topics surrounding infusion therapies.

Your Donation Makes a Difference

A single pint of blood can help up to three people. At this time of year, your donation is needed more than ever. If interested in donating, seek more information from you local donation center.

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