by Amanda Vick, Chief Nursing Officer, SageWest Health Care
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.
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 the United Blood Services, which you can complete by visiting www.bloodhero.com.
Upcoming Fremont County Blood Drives:
Thermopolis Community Dining Area, 206 Senior Ave.
Monday, January 7, 2019 3-7PM
Riverton Community Multipurpose Room, 606 N 8th St W.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 12-5:30PM
Lander Community Trinity Episcopal Fellowship Hall, 860 S. 3rd St.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 12-5:30PM
Shoshoni Senior Citizens Center, 214 E. 2nd St.
Thursday, January 10, 2019 3-6PM