Life Blood: The Importance of Blood Donation

Blood donations save lives, yet very few people actually donate. Not sure if you can or should give? Here’s some information—and a few tips.

Life Blood: The Importance of Blood Donation | The Emergency Center

Blood Donation: What You Need to Know to Save a Life

Blood donations benefit more than accident victims. Your donated blood could save the life of a woman experiencing pregnancy complications, a child with severe anemia caused by a disease or inadequate nutrition, and even someone undergoing cancer treatment.

Inspired to donate? If you are at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in good general health, you are eligible to donate blood.

The process takes about an hour, but the actual donating takes about 10 minutes. Before you give blood, the American Red Cross recommends the following before you go:

  • Eat iron-rich foods, such as fish, spinach, and red meat.
  • Drink 16 ounces (about two glasses) of water before your appointment.
  • If you are afraid of needles, consider bringing a book or your favorite music, or ask a friend to donate with you. Distractions can help!

Options for local blood banks include:

  • Carter Bloodcare and Biomat USA in Arlington
  • Biomat USA and Carter BloodCare locations in Fort Worth
  • South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, American Red Cross, and Octopharma Plasma in San Antonio

The Emergency Center has convenient locations in Arlington, Fort Worth, and San Antonio.