Blood Donation and Safety Social Media Resources
Help bring greater awareness about the safety of the blood supply
Help bring greater awareness about the safety of the blood supply and the continued need for blood donations by sharing these graphics and posts on your social media channels.
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5 Million Americans Need Blood Each Year
5 million Americans need a blood transfusion each year.
African Americans make up 13% of the U.S. population
African Americans make up 13% of the U.S. population but less than 3% of blood donors.
Black or African American blood donors play a vital role
Black or African American blood donors play a vital role in helping people with sickle cell disease.
Patients with rare blood types
Patients with rare blood types often need blood donated by someone with a similar race or ethnicity.
Types of blood donation
Types of blood donation include: whole blood red cells, plasma, platelets & granulocytes.
Why is blood donor diversity so important?
Patients dependent on transfusions often have diverse heritage. Optimal blood match comes from donors with similar heritage. Community blood supply should mirror community diversity. Less than 20% of blood donations currently come from communities of color
Blood donors of color can help many people
Blood donors of color can help many people including:
- Patients with sickle cell disease
- Moms with complicated childbirths
- People fighting cancer
- Accident or trauma victims
People need blood for many conditions
People need blood for many conditions, such as:
- An organ transplant
- Blood diseases
- Gastrointestinal diseases
- Heavy bleeding
- Infectious diseases
January is #NationalBloodDonorMonth! We're joining NHLBI to raise awareness about the importance of #BloodDonation. Find resources to share in your community: https://go.usa.gov/xSAdJ
#BloodDonation is needed year-round and ensures that people who rely on transfusions as part of their blood disease or disorder management receive treatment. Learn about #BloodDonation and find a donation center near you: https://go.usa.gov/xSAdJ
#DYK diversity in blood donation is needed to match diversity in the population? The pandemic has led to critical blood shortages that disproportionately affect minority communities. Learn about the importance of #BloodDonation and find a donation center near you: https://go.usa.gov/xSAdF
Volunteer blood donation is a safe and simple process that can save lives. Learn about the benefits of #BloodDonation and NHLBI’s commitment to enhancing donation safety: https://go.usa.gov/xhWPm
After a donation, all donated blood products are carefully tested and then stored or shipped, so they are ready for patients who need a transfusion. Learn about the importance of #BloodTransfusion and #BloodDonation: https://go.usa.gov/xAqQj
Many patients with #SickleCell disease are Black or African American, and they may need regular blood transfusions throughout their life. Highly compatible blood comes from someone of the same race or ethnicity. Learn more about blood donation: https://go.usa.gov/xSAdJ.
#DYK that some people have rare blood types that fall outside the four major groups (A, B, AB, O)? For these patients, we need a more diverse blood supply. Ethnically and racially diverse blood donors can help save lives. Learn more about blood donation at https://go.usa.gov/xSAdJ.