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World Blood Donation Day: Your Guide to Giving Fearlessly

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During this World Blood Donation Day, it is important to remember the essential need for blood donation in modern medicine. On average, every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. requires a blood donation. Due to its constant need for replenishment, it is key that we contribute to this continuously demanded resource. But there are a lot of questions that people run into when it comes to blood donation.


  • Where can I donate?

  • Am I eligible to donate?

  • What if I’m afraid to donate?


These are all incredibly common questions when it comes to blood donation.


Where Can I Donate?

If you are looking for a local area in which to donate, click here:


Am I Eligible to Donate?

There are several restrictions when it comes to blood donation, if you are diagnosed with any of these diseases or taking the listed medications, you are unfortunately ineligible.

  • Any regularly taken blood thinner medication.

  • Anyone experiencing an acute infection, typically treated with antibiotics.

  • Most chronic illnesses are acceptable if your medication does not interfere.

  • Leukemia, Lymphoma, or Hodgkin’s Disease.

  • Hepatitis or Jaundice

  • HIV/AIDS

  • Recent Syphilis or Gonorrhea

  • Tuberculosis

  • Recent Surgery


For more information on eligibility, click here:


What if I’m Afraid to Donate?

The fears associated with blood donation are some of the most common phobias in the world. Outside of specific medical exemptions, it is a notorious reason people choose not to donate. Luckily, there are some strategies you can implement to face your fears and help save a life.

It is important to let your blood draw technician aware of your fears. Your technician’s primary concern through the blood donation process is to make sure you feel comfortable. By knowing this, you can rest assured that you will have a much smoother experience.


Outside of this, here are some recommendations to help stay calm when dealing with blood donation related phobias:

  • Don’t go alone: Having friends or family with you can provide comfort and support.

  • Listen to the staff: They have experience dealing with nervous donators.

  • Find a good distraction: Bring a book or device to keep your mind occupied.


Going in with a good mindset can completely alter your experience, make sure to implement some of these strategies during your contribution to World Blood Donation Day and future donations!

 

Tria Can Help!

For those who want to contribute and celebrate world blood donation day but aren’t sure if their medications, blood pressure, or other chronic conditions would interfere with their ability to donate, you can reach out to Tria Health. If Tria is available through your healthcare plan, our pharmacists can answer any of your donation-related questions. They can address how your chronic conditions could affect your ability to donate, as well as the various influences of your medications. When looking for support in this area, or others related to your personal health, make sure to contact a Tria pharmacist for unparalleled comfort in your health and blood donation experiences.

 

Questions?

For any questions related to your medications or chronic condition management, you can reach out to the Tria Health Desk at 913-322-8456.



 

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