I am a routine blood donor for the American Red Cross. I keep my Donor Card on my desk so I can participate whenever the American Red Cross is here at McLeod. In South Carolina, the American Red Cross needs to collect 500 units of blood each day to meet the needs of hospital patients across the state. You can help patients and you can help others. Please, donate blood, the Gift of Life, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence at the McLeod Plaza Mobile Unit or the McLeod Trauma Waiting Area, behind the Emergency Department from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Wednesday, November 11, 2009 or at McLeod Health Darlington in the lobby also on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Our local drives are important ways that we can serve our patients and our community. I appreciate the teams involved in this valuable effort. The American Red Cross also helps with the cost of health care by providing a discount on blood products based on the amount of blood that we as a hospital donate each quarter. Last quarter we saved $5,500 on blood products. I am also appreciative of the coordination by our Community Education team, lead by Erin Faile in our Public Information Office.
This is the last scheduled blood drive of the year for MRMC and McLeod Darlington.
The Red Cross advises with these informational points …
- Donating blood is good for your cardiovascular health. According to University of Kansas Hospital, blood donors have a reduced risk of heart disease.
- Research done by Dr. David G. Meyers, a clinical professor of cardiology, showed that, over a 10-year period, people between the ages of 43 and 61 who donated frequently had fewer heart attacks and strokes and reduced their risk of heart disease by more than 50 percent.
- According to a report on CNN.com, a study involving 2,682 men from Eastern Finland showed that donors who gave blood a minimum of one time a year decreased their risk of heart attacks by 88 percent, compared to those who did not donate.
- Giving blood may even help prevent cancer. In an article at EverydayHealth.com, Dr. Ed Zimney talks about a study that was reported in the on-line version of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study indicates that men who donated frequently had a decreased risk of lung, liver, colon, stomach and esophagus cancer.
- It will also help burn additional calories. According to the Mayo Clinic, you burn 650 calories every time you donate.
The following patients face the reality of death if enough donors can not be found who are willing to offer up just a single pint of blood:
Thousands of patients as well as disaster and accident victims face the reality of imminent death if there is not enough blood to replace the blood that their body has either lost, or can’t replace. Every single blood donor offers the ultimate gift anyone could ever offer another person – the gift of life. One donation can save up to three lives!
If you would like to schedule an appointment at MRMC, please call 777-2005; for an appointment at McLeod Darlington call 777-1100. Walk-ins are welcome.
Again, thank you for your work on behalf of our community.