Have YOU Donated Blood Lately?

By Kindred Healthcare

January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month. Due to holidays, travel and hectic schedules, blood is often in short supply in the winter months. Fewer donors can result in putting our nation's blood supply at a critical low.

About 9.2 million people donate blood each year in the United States. Are you one of them? If not, you’re not alone – according to the American Red Cross, an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood but less than 10 percent actually do it. If you have donated, your donation may have helped somebody in a hospital – such as a Kindred Transitional Care Hospital – who needed blood to survive. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, and more than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.

Donating blood is safe and the actual donation process takes only about 15 minutes. Type O is the most commonly-requested blood type, but donors with Type AB+ plasma can donate to all blood types.

Watch this informative video from the American Red Cross to find out more about how donating blood can have a positive impact.