January can be a critical time for giving blood as donations often slow down during and after the holidays.
“It’s not something you think about every day until something happens to you or a loved one or somebody that you know,” says Linda McIntosh, Freeman Volunteer Coordinator.
At Freeman alone, they use 500 pints of blood every month. When you decide to donate, it can impact multiple patients.
“Because blood can be separated into three parts the red cells, platelets and the plasma – blood is used by many different types of patients – not just you know victims from car crashes or something like that. It’s for surgeries, for cancer patients, for orthopedic patients,” says McIntosh.
To give, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health.
“To best prepare to donate blood, you need to drink lots of water and eat well the day before and the day of and you need to bring some sort of a picture ID with you as well such as a driver’s license,” says McIntosh.
Freeman West will host a blood drive next Tuesday, January 22 from 10 am to 3 pm- donors will be directed from the main entrance of the hospital.
The Freeman Medical Focus was sponsored by Freeman Health System.