The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 6, 1996 · Page 5
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THE SALINA JOURNAL HEALTH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6. 1996 AB "My son doesn't like needles. If I could only get him here once, he'd see it's not painful." Ed Kaplan blood donor who's given 90 pints of blood • 8 million people donate 14 million pints annually. • Blood is used for trauma victims and in treatments for people with cancer, leukemia, hemophilia and sickle cell disease. • Critical blood shortages occur at <"'! the end of summer and late in December. • Blood keeps for only 42 days. Platelets are good for only five days. • Those with Type 0 blood are universal donors; it can be transfused into anyone. • Less than 5 percent of Americans healthy enough to give blood do so. Ability to Donate fl Receive O Can donate and/or receive to/from type ., A B ' AB 6 O O A B AB Source: AP research, American Association of Blood Banks d donations have been steadily over the past n years, dropping by 1,000 pints since business: AP/Tracle Tso Blood banks plot iways to get donors "Donations have been sinking steadily in the past dozen years By The Associated Press MONTCLMR, N.J. — The tuna sandwiches were fresh, the cookies . homemade, and a "Blood Drive Today" sign out front beckoned mo-; tbrists. •'• " But inside Montclair's Red Cross ,"0n last month's designated day for i donations, rows of beds stood emp- ^'ty and workers passed the time 1 chatting about weekend plans. '.Across the country, America's .blood harvest is drying up. -:•'•• ; Blame it on the fear of AIDS, the •- aging of patriotic Americans who began donating in World War n or ,.- the increasing frequency of body.: piercing, tattoos and other short•v term factors that temporarily pre-;' vent willing donors from giving blood. '.' Blood donations have been sink• ing steadily over the last dozen • years, and those in the business are -'struggling to attract new donors. r '-'• "Montclair is no different than • any other community. This is happening all over," said Barbara Mc• 'Donald, a New Jersey Blood Center , nurse. .In 1982, before fears about taint•' ed blood supplies were widespread, • this Red Cross chapter collected : 1,816 pints of blood in its 12 monthly drives. By 1989, donations had • dipped to 1,447 pints. Last year, a • 'mere 831 pints of blood were col- "You can't help but think there '•'-is some correlation with when people started learning about AIDS," r McDonald said. "And doing good deeds is out of favor." "> While 8 million Americans donate 14 million pints of blood every year, they represent less than 5 percent of those healthy enough to give. Ed Kaplan, 62, started donating when he was in the Army, but he hasn't been able to get his 35-year- old son to give. "He doesn't like needles," Kaplan said, munching on goodies after giving his 80th pint. "If I could only get him here once, he'd see it's not painful." Apart from cold feet, other physical conditions — and increasingly stringent safety requirements — keep people from donating, at least temporarily. People with new tattoos or pierced ears, noses and other body parts, or who have spent more than 72 hours in jail must wait a year before giving. The wait is also a year for people who have traveled to areas with malaria; it's three years for immigrants who arrive from those areas. Donors also must wait if they've had surgery, dental work or any kind of immunization, suffered from syphilis or gonorrhea, or been exposed to hepatitis, measles, mumps or chicken pox. Blood is perishable, good for only 42 days, so hospitals need a constant supply. Critical shortages usually occur from mid-July through Labor Day, and again in late December and early January. Type 0 blood is especially valued. 0-positive blood, found in 39 percent of Americans, can be transfused into anyone with positive blood types, some 86 percent of the population. O-negative blood, found in only 6 percent of Americans, can be used by any patient, negative or positive. "We have seen a decline of 2-3 percent (a year) nationwide for a number of years," said Eric Slayton, director of strategic planning for the American Association of Blood Banks, based in Bethesda, Md. "The existing donor base is aging rapidly," Slayton said, and the association plans a special campaign to target young donors beginning next summer or fall. Visitlp's Historic Flag Collection C apture a bit of American history by touring our Historic Flag Display, a collection of Revolutionary War period reproductions. You can view the collection at our 100 South Santa Fe location during regular banking hours in October. Relive our country's patriotic heritage through such historic classics as The Gadsden Flag (1776), one of the most popular symbols of the new country; Whiskey Rebellion Flag (1774), which many farmers flew in protest of the government-imposed excise tax on distilled liquors; The Star Spangled Banner (1814), which inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that would become our national anthem; and more. Do not miss the opportunity to view these symbols of American freedom and justice. 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