December 26, 2018
A Gift That Keeps Giving: Consider the Life-Saving Gift of a Blood Donation this January
by Patsy Walker, Chief Nursing Officer, Palestine Regional Medical Center
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood – but only about 10 percent of those who are eligible to give actually make a blood donation each year. Donated blood is a necessary part of helping patients cope with a wide variety of conditions, including burns, trauma, heart surgery, cancer, organ transplants and more. And a little goes a long way, as a one-time blood donation can save the lives of up to three people. It’s one of the best ways to give back to others and help improve the health of our community.
At Palestine Regional Medical Center, we’re proud to partner with our local Carter BloodCare to host local blood drives. With your support our blood drives have been very successful and we appreciate your donation. To be eligible to donate, a person must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health.
Donating blood is a simple and safe process that includes registration, a confidential medical history survey and mini-physical, and the donation itself, which takes no more than 10 minutes. After your donation, you’ll receive a rejuvenating snack and a brief rest so you can get back to your day’s activities with minimal disruption.
Getting the donation process started is quick and easy with Carter BloodCare visit CarterBloodCare.org. If you are interested in giving blood or have questions regarding the donation process at PRMC, please contact Carey Trahan, Auxiliary Coordinator at 903.731.1383.