Health Congregational Nursing Ministry
The Health-Congregational Nursing Ministry of FMBC shall promote good health by providing information and education on good nutrition, proper exercise, rest, and health related activities. Congregational Nursing consists of registered (RN) and licensed practitioner nurses (LPN) who share their skills in promoting holistic health and ministry.
National Blood Month
National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood and platelet donations during winter. According to the American Red Cross, winter is “one of the most difficult times of year to collect enough blood products to meet patient needs.” That’s because of, among other things, busy holiday schedules and bad weather often resulting in canceled blood drives. Seasonal illnesses such as the flu force potential donors to forgo their blood donations.
According to the World Health Organization, “blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person- the gift of life. A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several if your blood is separated into its components — red cells, platelets and plasma.”
Why National Blood Month is important:
A. Donating Blood Save Lives:
Someone needs blood every few seconds in the United States. And more than 4.5 million Americans would die every year without lifesaving blood transfusions. National Blood Donor Month helps us remember these vital statistics.
B. It's the Gift that Keep Giving:The American Red Cross needs 13,000 blood donations every single day to maintain an appropriate blood supply. Fortunately, eligible blood donors can donate blood every eight weeks.
C. It's good for Donors too:
The American Journal of Epidemiology reports that blood donors are 88 percent less likely to have a heart attack.
Facts about Blood:
1. Doctors urge people to learn and remember their blood type: O positive donors are needed more often than other blood types. O negative donors are considered "universal donors." AB positive donors are "universal recipients."
2. National Blood Donor Month can inspire people to donate. And those donations can in turn inspire others to donate, creating an exponential increase in blood donations when and where they're needed the most.
3. According to the American Red Cross, about 38 percent of the U.S. population can donate blood — but only 10 percent actually do.
4. Brookhaven National Laboratory says that people who begin donating blood at age 17 and donate every eight weeks will have donated 48 gallons of blood by age 76.
5. When we donate blood, labs examine the donation for multiple infectious diseases, such as HIV and West Nile virus.
6. Dogs can donate blood, too. Check with your veterinarian and the Humane Society to make sure you know the local rules and regulations for this type of donation.
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