Donar Sangre es Donar Vida

Ashley Lopez

Why donate blood?

Majority of the hispanics are considered universal donors and is in a position to save more lives when they donate blood.Hispanics can also save or improve the lives the lives of other hispanics through tissue,cord blood and marrow donation.Hispanics make up about 55% of STBTC's service area.Less than 6% of eligible Hispanics donate blood.Since type O blood can be transfused to a patient of other blood types,his pans are in a position to save even more lives when they donate blood.Hispanic patient with rare blood types are more likely to find the blood they need among donors of their ethnic race.When a patient requires a rare blood type,it is more likely that a match will be found within donors of the same ethnicity.This is why it is essential to increase participation from donors of diverse backgrounds and to encourage donors to provide us with their ethnicity each time they donating blood is donating life that sets out to increase participation from Latino donors through unity,health and action.


Benefits in being part of blood donation

When donating blood one receives points towards Wekkness Rewards.Donors can reedeem these points for health screenings which include cholesterol:lipid profile,Diabetes screening:Hemoglobin AIC, and PSA:Prostate Cancer.Points can also be transfer to someone over age 18 or donated to one of the partnering organizations so that others in the community can benefit from these screenings.


How you can be part of saving lives

If you are 16 years of age or older, you are eligible to donate (if you’re sixteen years old, you need a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian). There is no upper age limit to donate blood.
  • You must weigh at least 110 pounds to donate.
  • If you are pregnant or have been pregnant in the last six weeks, you are not eligible to donate.
  • If you have had a body piercing in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to donate.
  • If you received a tattoo at a licensed and regulated facility in Florida after January 1, 2013, or in another state with licensed and regulated facilities, you are eligible to donate after 4 months. If you received a tattoo in Florida before January 1, 2013, or in an unlicensed facility, you are eligible to donate after 12 months.
  • If you have had a blood transfusion in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to donate.
  • If you have had cancer in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to donate.
  • If you have visited or lived in the United Kingdom for more than three consecutive months between 1980 and 1996, you are not eligible to donate.

If you meet the above criteria, chances are that you are eligible to donate blood.


The issue with Hispanics not donating blood

There is general "last of trust" in the spanish speaking community regarding medicine.Many non-English speaking Hispanics are hesitant to produce the required identification for blood donation (and corresponding computer entry).Hispanics make up many excuses to why they shouldn't donate blood for example:they'll gain weight if they donate,they'll become anemic,it'll weakened their body,they'll need a social security card,they'll have diabetes so they why can't donate,and they're too old.It is estimated that 15,000 donors drawn annually by STBTC do not speak.


Start a change in your society

You can save your kind of type race group by donating to the same race and it'll increase the participation from the rest of the hispanics .You never know when a family member might need of your blood donation to still see them living.Everyone needs that person that needs blood to still be part of there life.Imagine being in their shoes having to wait to know if they got a match with a person.Make a change and increase of our culture to extend.Even young children need of this blood to fulfill their dreams in the future.I say go for it theres no time to waste someones life is in jeopardy and needs of you to rescue it.


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