Introduction: There are accidents, disasters, and tragedies around the world every year...People need aid such as food, water and hygiene supplies. But what they also often need is blood.
Blood is important--required for any major surgeries and operations. People with certain health conditions like hemophilia and sickle cell anemia need blood transfusion.1. Problem/issue: While it is quite unlikely that people nowadays die waiting for blood transfusion, maintaining the adequate amount of blood supply is very difficult without the donation efforts.
- Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
- Blood is required in large quantity; a single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
- Every day, more than 38,000 blood donations are needed.
- The demand is great but the influx of the supply is not. Currently in America, only 3 out every 100 donate blood.
3. Reasons and explanations:
- 60% of the population is eligible to donate and yet only 5% do on yearly basis. (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
- Some of the reasons that the Red Cross found are: "I'm too old", "I don't want to contract AIDs." or "I'm too busy."
- Average adult can donate blood two to four times in a year until the age of 65.
- Contracting diseases in the blood-giving process is rare
4. Reasons and benefits for blood donations
- Donating saves lives and can be personal
- 60 percent of the population will need blood at some point in their lives.
- The donating process is healthy and there are material incentives for donors.
Conclusion: Blood is perishable; it cannot be manufactured but only be obtained from a donor. If you are 17 years old, in good health and weighs at least 110 pounds, you and many others can help alleviate the massive shortage of blood in the U.S. right now. People should participate in the blood drive held here at Penn State or around your local areas...