What You Have to Gain by Donating Blood
Did you know that January is National Blood Donor Month? It’s the perfect opportunity to check your local hospital and other community locations for upcoming blood drives. Community hospitals across the country urgently need blood to fulfill the needs of trauma victims, cancer patients, and others who require surgical intervention. If you’re already in the habit of giving blood on a regular basis, consider becoming even more involved to help out your community. For example, you might encourage your friends and family members to give blood or you might volunteer at a local blood drive.
The primary benefit of donating blood is knowing that you’ve helped to save a life. In fact, each blood donation can serve up to three hospital patients. Many people donate blood because of the sense of personal fulfillment they gain from giving back to their community.
You might be surprised that you can gain real health benefits from donating blood. Each blood donor is given a mini checkup. You’ll have your pulse, body temperature, blood pressure, and hemoglobin levels checked, and you’ll be alerted to any abnormalities. This is one more way you can keep track of your overall health.
Many people consume more iron than they need. This can pose a health concern because excessive iron levels can contribute to the formation of free radicals. Free radicals interfere with normal cell function and increase your risk of problems such as cancer and heart disease. When you donate blood, your iron levels drop slightly.
The physicians, nurses, and other staff members at Riverside Community Hospital are committed to providing compassionate care and excellent service to our neighbors throughout Riverside. Our hospital is pleased to offer specialty programs, including robotic surgery, organ transplant, and bariatric weight loss, along with heart care services. If you wish to learn more about our healthcare services, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (951) 788-3000.