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Thursday, January 13, 2011 - MMH Spotlight: January is National Blood Donation Month

 
Fast Facts
• The American Association of Blood Banks estimates that 9.5 million volunteers donate blood each year. According to the World Health Organization, more than 81 million units of blood are being collected annually.

• Marietta Memorial Hospital operates one of only two independent blood banks in Ohio. In fact, 80 to 90 percent of the blood products used at Marietta Memorial and Selby General Hospitals are drawn locally, which is a tremendous advantage in terms of availability, quality, and cost. Both MMH and SGH are able to obtain blood products needed by patients more quickly than through off-site blood banks, helping save lives faster.

• Although 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, less than 10 percent do so annually. To donate blood, the volunteer must be 17 years of age (16 years with written permission from a parent or guardian), be in good health and weigh over 110 pounds. The donor’s body typically replenishes the fluid lost from donation within 24 hours.

• The need for blood is great. Every day in the U.S., approximately 40,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities for patients with cancer and other diseases, for organ transplants and to help save the lives of accident/trauma victims. With an aging population and advances in medical treatments and procedures requiring blood transfusions, the need for blood continues to increase.

• Blood donations can be made by calling Marietta Memorial Hospital’s Blood Bank at (740) 374-1432 or by visiting the Blood Mobile at one of your local blood drives. Blood Mobile dates and locations are located on our website at www.mmhospital.org. If you or your organization would like to sponsor a blood drive, please call us at (740)374-1634.

Year-Round Blood Donation Education
While January has been recognized as National Blood Donor Month since 1970, it’s important to educate yourself and others on the facts of donating, who can and cannot, and where to go to be a donor, not just in the month of January but all year, every year.

What to Know Before You Donate
• All donors must provide a personal photo identification (state issued driver’s license, passport, military ID, work ID, school ID, green card or work visa).
• Donors must be at least 17 years of age or older (16 years with written permission from a parent or guardian) and younger than 65 years of age.
• A minimum of 110 pounds is required to donate blood.
• It is asked that you be hydrated prior to donating, and eat a sensible meal within four hours prior to donating.
• Donors should be in good general health at the time of donation.
• Women can donate blood six weeks after the end of a pregnancy.
• You may donate if you’ve had a tattoo or skin piercing performed in a state licensed facility more than two weeks prior to donating.

Reasons You Cannot Donate
For the most up-to-date eligibility requirements please contact MMH’s Blood Bank directly at (740) 374-1432.

If you are ineligible to donate, there are many other ways you can help volunteer at your next local blood drive. Blood banks are always in need of volunteers to assist at blood draws or to organize mobile blood drives. In addition, monetary donations are always welcome to help ensure blood banks can continue to provide safe and adequate blood to those in need.

What is the most common blood type?
It’s important to know your own blood type, but it can also be useful to find out how common your blood type is compared to others. According to the American Association of Blood Banks, blood type distribution is as follows:

• O-positive: 39 percent
• O-negative: 9 percent
• A-positive: 31 percent
• A-negative: 6 percent
• B-positive: 9 percent
• B-negative: 2 percent
• AB-positive: 3 percent
• AB-negative: 1 percent

In an emergency, anyone can receive type O blood, and type AB individuals can receive blood cells of any ABO type. Therefore, people with type O blood are known as “universal donors,” and those with type AB blood are “universal recipients.” In addition, AB plasma donors can give to all blood types.

Interested in Donating Blood?
Blood donations can be made by calling Marietta Memorial Hospital’s Blood Bank at (740) 374-1432 or by visiting the Blood Mobile at one of your local blood drives. Blood Mobile dates and locations are located on our website at www.mmhospital.org. If you or your organization would like to sponsor a blood drive, please call us at (740)374-1634.

Marietta Memorial Hospital Blood Mobile Dates and Locations
Come out and donate blood at any of these locations during the months of January, February, March and April. If you have any questions about locations please call (740) 374-1634.

January:
• January 12 at Nazarene Church from 5 - 8 p.m.
• January 14 at People’s Bank from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
• January 18 at St. Mary’s Church from 3-7 p.m.
• January 19 at Washington State Community College from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
• January 21 at Glenwood Retirement Community from 1 - 4 p.m.
• January 26 at Putnam Church from 4 - 7 p.m.
• January 27 at Williamstown VFD from 5 - 8:30 p.m.
• January 28 at The Willows from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

February:
• February 4 at Washington Electric Co-op from 1 - 4 p.m.
• February 10 at Marietta Armory from Noon - 3 p.m.
• February 16 at New Matamoras VFD from 4 - 8 p.m.
• February 17 at Warren VFD from 4 - 8 p.m.
• February 18 at Medi-Home Health from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
• February 21 at Churchtown K of C Hall from 6 - 8:30 p.m.
• February 22 at Muskingum Valley Rehab from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
• February 23 at Beverly United Methodist Church from 3 - 7 p.m.
• February 24 at Salem Twp. VFD from 5 - 8 p.m.
• February 25 at Marietta City Health Department from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

March
• March 1 at Newport VFD from 5 - 8:30 p.m.
• March 2 at the Reno IBEW from 4 - 8 p.m.
• March 8 at MMH First Floor Conference Room from 1 - 8 p.m.
• March 9 at the Arbors from Noon - 4 p.m.
• March 18 at Harmar Place from 1 - 6 p.m.
• March 23 at LA VFD from 3 - 7 p.m.
• March 24 at Chesterhill VFD from 3 - 8 p.m.
• March 29 at the Wayne Street Medical Campus from Noon - 4 p.m.
• March 30 at M&M VFD from 4 - 8:30 p.m.
• March 31 at Advantage Bank from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

April
• April 1 at Wesbanco – Barlow from Noon - 4 p.m.
• April 4 at First Presbyterian Church from 4 - 8 p.m.
• April 6 at Advantage Bank from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
• April 7 at Settlers Bank from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
• April 8 at Wesbanco from Noon - 4 p.m.
• April 13 at First Baptist Church from 4 - 8 p.m.
• April 14 at the WCCC Open House from 4 - 7 p.m.
• April 15 at People’ Bank from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
• April 16 at the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
• April 20 at St. Luke’s Lutheran from 3 - 7 p.m.
• April 21 at Devola VFD from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
• April 27 at the Putnam Church from 4 - 7 p.m.
• April 28 at Williamstown VFD from 5 - 8:30 p.m.

Top Five Reasons to Donate Blood
1. You have the possibility of saving three lives with just one pint of blood!
2. It’s easy and it only takes about an hour.
3. It makes you feel good about yourself – you just saved someone’s life.
4. Someone you know and love may need blood someday.
5. All donated blood stays in the community.

(Information provided by the American Association of Blood Banks)

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