Giving the Gift of Blood

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Save Lives by Donating Blood

As your schedule fills with holiday parties and family gatherings, this time of year can be hectic for many. For this reason, fewer people make time to donate blood. Additionally, external factors like inclement weather or flu season may keep people indoors. However, nearly 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the United States and even more so during the holiday season.

During the holidays, there is an increase in travel and time spent away from school and work, leading to an increase in accidents. This also increases the need for blood donations. By donating blood, you can give someone the gift of life for the holiday.

Approximately every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Donating blood goes a long way—one donation can save up to three lives!

Components of Your Blood

Your blood plays a vital role in your daily bodily functions. Primarily, your blood carries oxygen and nutrients throughout your body, specifically to your organs and connective tissues.

Blood is comprised of four main components: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Each element has a specific purpose and can be transfused as individual parts depending on the patient’s needs.

A patient may need blood due to illness, injury, or surgery. When this occurs, they require a procedure known as a blood transfusion.

What is a Blood Transfusion?

A blood transfusion is a medical procedure in which blood is distributed intravenously or through an IV. This life-saving procedure replaces blood lost due to injury or surgery or blood that wasn’t functioning correctly.

Here are some circumstances people need a blood transfusion:

  • Anemia.
  • Sickle cell disease.
  • Blood disorder.
  • Cancer.
  • Leukemia.
  • Kidney disease.
  • Injuries from car crashes or natural disasters.
  • Major surgical procedures.

Your Health is Our Priority

At Full Spectrum Emergency Room and Urgent Care, we understand the need for immediate medical care for unexpected cases and emergencies. That is why we strive to eliminate wait times by being available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

To learn more about our ER and urgent care services, contact us online or call (210) 429-8313 today.

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