The Louisville Chapter of the American Red Cross visited Duplicator Sales & Service today for our semi-annual Blood Drive.  As always, there is an emergency need for blood and platelet donors this summer and Duplicator was more than ready to meet the challenge.

Here’s a few factoids regarding blood donation:

The entire process can take up to one hour and the actual blood donation is only, on average, 8 to 10 minutes.  But if you go online, the American Red Cross will issue a RapidPass which basically asks health questions you can answer right at your computer on the day of the donation.  You can then print the pass and save literally 15 minutes or more.

Stay hydrated!  Drink lots of water before and after donating.  And no skipping meals!  Also, wear something comfortable that can be rolled up above the elbow.

You can donate every 56 days of whole blood - so mark your calendars!

The American Red Cross reminds us that a company blood drive is a partnership with them.  The company provides the location and then recruits donors.  It’s that easy!!!  But you don’t need a special reason to give blood.  As they so aptly put it, you just need your own reason.  Some people claim they like to help people and some say they or a family member may be in need in the near future. 

It’s good to know there are some health benefits for blood donors.  Donors will receive a mini physical that checks pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, and hemoglobin.  And, after it’s all said and done, you’ll get a treat and drink as well.

So urge your company to have a blood drive and point out the benefits of doing so.  Or, if you prefer, go to one of the many locations here in Louisville to donate.  They’ll welcome you with open arms!