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Medical Myths: All about blood donation


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June 14 is World Blood Donor Day. To mark this occasion, this week’s edition of Medical Myths will focus on some of the myths and misunderstandings associated with donating blood.In the United States, there are more than 13.2 million blood donors. As the World Health Organization (WHO) explains:“A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several if your blood is separated into its components — red cells, platelets, and plasma — which can be used individually for patients with specific conditions.”Medical News Today spoke with Dr. James F. The American Red Cross explains that the “entire process takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes.”Dr. Ferro explained to MNT why there is no risk of catching an infection when donating blood:“We use a sterile technique to prepare your arm before we place the needle to draw your blood. As Dr. Ferro explained to MNT, these individuals “can [donate] as long as they meet all of the health screening requirements to donate blood. A constant supply of qualified donors is needed to meet patient needs.”Dr. Kenny reiterated this message, explaining that “only about one-third of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, [and] only about 3% of these potential donors give blood on a regular basis.

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