January is National Blood Donor Month

blood donor monthThe Need is Constant. The Gratification is Instant. Please Donate.

With over nine convenient locations throughout the Greater Boston area, we have so many talented team members and staff whose numbers continue to grow. We also treat and speak with so many different ages of patients and families throughout the year. Our stories and your stories are so unique, spanning the city of Boston, the state of Massachusetts, across America, and even internationally.

We see the good in people, their desire to help others, and the need to be healthy so everyone can enjoy life to the fullest. That’s why we’re asking you to consider starting off the new year and a new month by making an invaluable blood donation. It truly saves lives and makes our world a better place for everyone.

Why Donate Blood?

Helping patients is at the very core of what we do at ARCH Orthodontics. You can help people too by making a blood donation — especially if you have an O Negative or B Negative blood type because they’re in short supply. We asked our friends at the American Red Cross for some fascinating facts about blood needs to help you understand how important and critical it is that you donate if you can.

Here’s what we learned:

  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood
  • Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
  • The average red blood cell transfusion is three pints
  • The most requested blood type at hospitals is type O

It’s also estimated (by the American Cancer Society) that more than nearly 2 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, to accompany their chemotherapy treatment. What better way to show you care than to donate blood and help them beat cancer?

How Do I Donate Blood?

There are just a few, simple guidelines and requirements for being eligible for blood donation which you can learn all about here. You have to be in good health and feeling well, at least 17 years old, and weigh at least 110 lbs. The Red Cross goes out of its way to make donating easy and pain-free. If you’re donating whole blood, expect it to take only 8 to 10 minutes. If you’re donating platelets, red cells, or plasma by apheresis, your collection could take about two hours. After a pint of blood is collected, you’re all set and ready for some refreshments to replenish lost fluids. The blood you just donated has the potential to help as many as three people. But donated red blood cells only last about 42 days, so donating every few months is always encouraged if possible.

We hope you’ll take a moment to donate blood this month near your home or work. If you can’t do it this month, anytime this year will still be beneficial for your neighbors in need. This is no small chance to make a big difference for someone who is injured or ill.

As we mentioned before, your ARCH Orthodontists, staff members, and fellow patients have personally experienced just how life-changing donating and receiving blood can be. If you have any questions about how you can get involved locally with your nearest American Red Cross chapter, please give them a call at 1-800-RED CROSS or visit them at www.redcrossblood.org. Every donation helps to change and save lives. Thank you to everyone for reading this information, considering donating, and especially for giving blood. Your kindness and generosity will help bring someone so much joy in 2018.

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