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What to Know Before You Donate Blood


Saving a life is something almost everyone can do in their lifetime – it doesn’t have to be a heroic rescue of someone drowning in a raging river or rushing into a burning building to retrieve a toddler either. It can be something as simple as rolling up your sleeves.

Giving blood likely won’t give you the hero spotlight in the local news, and it’s something that makes some people squeamish, but it’s a relatively painless procedure and a safe way to give life. Consider that 1 in 7-people entering a hospital will need blood, and just 1-pint of your blood can save 3-people, according to America’s Blood Centers. However, there are still some important things to consider before making the decision to be a blood donor. Let’s look at 12 of them…

1. Check The Rules First

The restrictions around whether you’re eligible to donate blood are constantly changing, so you have to keep yourself informed, or potentially risk being turned away at the door.

Luckily, you don’t have to guess or constantly do research on the subject if you’re thinking of giving blood, because the American Red Cross maintains a list of eligibility criteria for blood donation that’s even alphabetized for easier access. From acupuncture to Zika virus, the Red Cross informs you of the impact of each on your ability to give blood.

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