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World Blood Donation Day: Active Iron Offering Free Iron To Blood Donors

3rd Jun, 2021  |  Claire O'Brien  |  MediaHub, News

One in four of us will require a blood transfusion in our lifetime.

Every  June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD).  The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

This World Blood Donor Day, Active Iron are offering free iron supplements to blood donors to encourage those who haven’t donated before to volunteer this Summer.

The main adverse effect of blood donation is iron loss, so blood donors can benefit from taking an iron supplement if they are unable to replenish their iron stores through diet alone.

Blood donation by just 1% of the population can meet a nation’s most basic requirements for blood.

Blood Donation Drops In Summer

According to the IBTS, summertime is traditionally a challenging time for blood donation as people’s routines are changed. Kids are off school, exams are underway, people are on holidays. All these things can result in fewer donors attending blood donation clinics.

“Iron levels drop during warmer weather. First time donors may fear becoming iron deficient following their donation,” Active Iron CEO Pat O’Flynn said, “We are happy to offer these donors a free pack of Active Iron to ensure they maintain their iron status.”

What is World Blood Donor Day?

World Blood Donor Day health organisations worldwide promote the importance of blood donation and safe blood transfusion practices and thank those people who do give blood and blood components.

Blood is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. Recipients of blood can be any age and can include children a day old. Just one blood donation can potentially save up to 3 lives.

Iron is a part of haemoglobin and an essential mineral found in foods we eat. Iron helps your body make new red blood cells and can help to replace those lost through blood donations.

Whether a patient receives whole blood, red cells, platelets or plasma, this lifesaving care starts with one person making a generous donation. Blood and platelets cannot be manufactured, they can only come from volunteer donors.

Facts about blood:

  • 1 in 4 people will require a blood transfusion
  • Only 3% of the eligible population are active blood donors
  • Blood lasts just 35 days
  • Blood for newborns must be less than 5 days old
  • Donors with O negative blood are known as universal donors
  • We need 3,000 blood donations a week to keep hospitals supplied

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