National Donor Day 2018 is on Wednesday, February 14, 2018: List of important days in january?
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 is National Donor Day 2018. Donate Life Organ and Tissue Donation Blog National Donor Day encourages
National Blood Donor Month
National Braille Literacy Month
National Hobby Month
Hot Tea Month
National Oatmeal Month
National Soup Month
2nd Week Letter Writing Week
1 New Year's Day
2 Run up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day
3 Festival of Sleep Day
3 Fruitcake Toss Day
3 Humiliation Day
4 Trivia Day
5 National Bird Day
6 Bean Day
6 Cuddle Up Day
7 Old Rock Day
8 Bubble Bath Day
8 Male Watcher's Day
9 Play God Day
10 Peculiar People Day
11 Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend's Day
12 Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day
12 National Pharmacist Day
13 International Skeptics Day
13 Make Your Dream Come True Day
14 Dress Up Your Pet Day
15 National Hat Day
16 National Nothing Day
17 Ditch New Years Resolutions Day
18 Thesaurus Day
18 Winnie the Pooh Day -The Birthday of Winnie's author A.A. Milne
19 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday , celebrated on the third Monday
19 National Popcorn Day
20 National Buttercrunch Day
20 Penguin Awareness Day
21 National Hugging Day
21 Squirrel Appreciation Day
22 National Blonde Brownie Day
23 National Pie Day
23 National Handwriting Day
23 Measure Your Feet Day- we only ask...."Why!?!"
24 Beer Can Appreciation Day
24 Compliment Day
25 Opposite Day
26 Spouse's Day
27 Chocolate Cake Day
27 Punch the Clock Day
28 Fun at Work Day
28 National Kazoo Day
29 National Puzzle Day
29 National Cornchip Day
30 National Inane Answering Message Day
31 Backward Day
31 Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
I am highly considering becoming a bone marrow donor.........?
The Red Cross does not handle marrow donations. That is the National Marrow Donors Program, . You will be searchable by doctors world wide.
For peripheral blood stem cell donation, you will take a series of shots (like 5 days) to help stimulate your marrow to produce extra stem cells and to release them into the blood stream. The donation is done by aphersis, which is the same process as at the plasma center or some red cross donations like a double red cell donation. The difference is the type of cell being collected and it takes longer.
Its done out patient, but you may have to do it a couple days in a row if they dont get enough cells with the first cycle.
There is still a chance the donation could be actual marrow. Almost all donations are peripheral blood stem cells, but marrow is still used in a small number of cases depending on the disease (remember, a bone marrow transplant is used to treat about 60 different diseases). In that case, the donation is an actual surgical proceedure done under general anesthesia or with an epidural. You will still take the same series of shots for the same reasons.
It costs 50$ to sign up for the marrow registry. The registry is federally funded, and the money you pay goes to help cover the costs of tissue typing. Marrow is matched by HLA (human leukocyte antigen) tissue type, which is complicated and gets into dna testing. The typing costs several hundred dollars, so you are only paying a fraction of the cost. If you are called to donate, the patient's insurance will pick up all medical costs of screening you and collecting the cells. During the screening process after they call, they will take a very detailed medical history. Do NOT lie on any of it. What you lie about could kill the patient.
Are more blood donors really needed?
Many of your questions may be answered in the last National Blood Collection and Utilization Survey, produced by the Dept. Health and Human Services every two years.
The latest survey indicates that approximately 13% more units of whole blood were collected than transfused. However, seasonal and blood type shortages occur regularly (summertime, holidays, type O & B). Current estimates for outdated (discarded) blood components are less than 1.0-2.0%.
It is estimated that approximately 5% of the eligible donor population donates blood. Additionally, each donor, on average, gives 1.5 times per year. As such, 9-10 million people provide all the allogeneic blood used in the U.S. 30% of donors give only one time per year. If each of these donors could donate one additional time, there would be no seasonal or type-specific shortages. While the survey primarily deals with whole blood/red cell donations, other components (platelets, plasma) are always needed. Platelets, which only have a shelf life of 5 days, are used in large quantities, especially in hematology/oncology therapy.
All blood donations are greatly appreciated and needed. Please contact your local blood center and speak to the donor services manager about which donation best fits your blood type and community needs. Thank you for such a generous gift.