Jun 14th, 2022

Every two seconds, a patient somewhere in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. The supply of blood must be refilled regularly to keep up with the demand of hospitals and emergency treatment facilities. Now, the nation's blood supply needs your help.

On this World Blood Donor Day, the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center wants to thank donors and remind people that donating blood is a simple, safe way to get involved and help save lives in your community.

Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save lives.

If you've decided to donate your blood, here is what you should know. First time donor? Click here. Please visit the American Red Cross for additional tips and safety protocols.

  • Eat iron-rich foods such as meat, fish, poultry, spinach, iron-fortified cereals, or raisins.
  • Get a good night’s sleep and drink extra liquids to be sure that you’re well-hydrated.
  • Bring a photo ID and a list of any prescription or over-the-counter medicines that you take.
  • If you received a COVID-19 vaccine, remember the name of the manufacturer, and inform the staff.
  • Wear a short-sleeve shirt or a shirt with sleeves that you can roll up to your elbows.
  • Relax, listen to music, or meditate.
  • Relax for a few minutes and have a snack. Many donation sites offer complimentary cookies and juice.
  • Drink an extra four (8 oz.) glasses of liquids and avoid alcohol for 24 hours.

If all eligible individuals donated two of more times a year, blood shortages would be eliminated (America's Blood Centers). Celebrate World Blood Donor Day by committing to donate blood in 2022. Together, we can help save lives.

Source: CDC & American Red Cross