Blood Drive at MHS

Help others by donating blood on October 1st

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“Every day, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.”  ~American Red Cross

Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of others? How can you as a MHS student help those in need?  You can donate blood.  Social Issues is hosting a blood drive on October 1st here at the high school.   They are looking for staff members and students age 16 and up (you will need a signed permission slip if you are 16) who would like to donate at our blood drive.  If you are interested in signing up please check your school email for an email from Mrs. Cote.  Follow the “Blood Drive Sign-Up” link to sign up to donate on the 1st.  If you have any questions please see Mrs. Cote or Ms. Moran.

1 Donation can potentially save up to 3 lives

Blood Facts and Stats from redcrossblood.org

Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 units.
The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.

Each year, an estimated 6.8 million people in the U.S. donate blood.
13.6 million whole blood and red blood cells are collected in the U.S. in a year.
About 45% of people in the U.S. have Group O (positive or negative) blood; the proportion is higher among Hispanics (57%) and African Americans (51%).
Type O negative red cells can be given to patients of all blood types. Because only 7% of people in the U.S. are type O negative, it’s always in great demand and often in short supply.
Type AB positive plasma can be transfused to patients of all blood types. Since only 3% of people in the U.S. have AB positive blood, this plasma is usually in short supply.
Red blood cells must be used within 42 days (or less).
Platelets must be used within just 5 days.

 

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