Posted on 09/05/2018
Colorado’s among dozens of states whose governors are proclaiming Wednesday, Sept. 5 Blood Donation Day, during National Blood Donation Week, Sept. 3 – 10.
Syndicated radio personality Dr. Daliah Wachs is behind the efforts. She and Bonfils Blood Center along with blood banks across the country are teaming up to reverse the decline in new blood donors and to encourage active blood donors to continue donating on a regular basis. Every two seconds in the U.S. a patient needs blood. But while an estimated 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood, fewer than 10 percent do.
Blood donors are encouraged to donate at least three times per year to meet the daily needs of patients all across Colorado and beyond. It’s the blood already on the shelf that saves lives in an emergency in addition to all the anticipated needs for surgeries and various blood disorder treatments. All blood types are needed.
Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. Donors who are 16 or 17 must have a signed minor donor permit. Find a convenient location or make an appointment at 303.363.2300 or online. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments. Donors are encouraged to complete their Fast Track Health History before they arrive to save time on their donation visit.