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Blood Donation Basics
14 Jun 2022
Summers are often associated with warmth and fun, and for good reason. The sunny season provides longer days, arguably the best weather, and memorable outdoor events like pool parties and good old-fashioned cookouts.
For patients waiting on a blood donation, however, the summer stretch is no picnic. But why summer? Frankly, people tend to get busy this time of year. Whether whisking themselves away to a magical getaway in the Bahamas or surprising the kids with their first trip to Disney World, not as many donors are around to help out. And as more people travel and become active with outdoor activities, hospitals typically brace for an increase in the number of ER patients.
The problem is compounded because high schools and universities are out of session during the summer, which means fewer blood drives are held across the country. This creates a domino effect, and several thousand fewer blood donations are collected — meanwhile, patient need remains steady.
Published by: Jeremy T. — Vitalant Contributor
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