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Herzing Milwaukee Blood Drive 2010

July 8, 2010

Herzing University Online and Home Office took a little time away from work on Wednesday July 7, 2010 to donate blood to the Blood Center of Wisconsin.  In total 26 units were donated making for a VERY successful blood drive.  Most notably there were six staffers who made first time blood donations and lived to tell the tale.  The Double Tree Hotel in Milwaukee donated the space for the Blood Center to set up their equipment and five of their staff also participated in the drive.    Here are some fun blood donation facts from the Red Cross!

  • If you began donating blood at age 17 and donated every 56 days until you reached 76, you would have donated 48 gallons of blood, potentially helping save over 1,000 lives!
  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.
  • One out of every 10 people admitted in a hospital needs blood.
  • Total blood transfusions in a given year: 14 million (2001).
  • The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
  • The average adult has about 10 to 12 pints of blood in his body. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation.

    Veronica has donated blood every eight weeks for over fifteen years!

  • Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration and medical history, mini-physical, donation, and refreshments – YES there are SNACKS involved!
  • Some patients require a closer blood match than that provided by the ABO positive/negative blood typing. For example, sometimes if the donor and recipient are from the same ethnic background the chance of a reaction can be reduced. That’s why an African-American blood donation may be the best hope for the needs of patients with sickle cell disease, 98 percent of whom are of African-American descent.

Rob is making his first donation!

There are four major blood groups determined by the presence or absence of two antigens – A and B – on the surface of red blood cells:

  • Group A – has only the A antigen on red cells (and B antibody in the plasma)
  • Group B – has only the B antigen on red cells (and A antibody in the plasma)
  • Group AB – has both A and B antigens on red cells (but neither A nor B antibody in the plasma)
  • Group O – has neither A nor B antigens on red cells (but both A and B antibody are in the plasma)

O positive is the most common blood type. Not all ethnic groups have the same mix of these blood types. Hispanic people, for example, have a relatively high number of O’s, while Asian people have a relatively high number of B’s. The mix of the different blood types in the U.S. population is:

Caucasians African American Hispanic Asian
O + 37% 47% 53% 39%
O – 8% 4% 4% 1%
A + 33% 24% 29% 27%
A – 7% 2% 2% 0.5%
B + 9% 18% 9% 25%
B – 2% 1% 1% 0.4%
AB + 3% 4% 2% 7%
AB – 1% 0.3% 0.2% 0.1%

A big HOORAY goes out to everyone who participated.

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