As people age, they become more likely to need blood transfusions and less likely to be able to contribute to the blood supply. It’s compelling to note that the number of people age 65 and over in the 2010 Census was about 40 million, but in 2050 the number is expected to more than double, to 88 million.
“A sustainable community blood supply has ensure significant improvements in our ability to manage heart disease, orthopedic problems, organ transplants, and malignancies,” said Dr. Merlyn Sayers, president and CEO of Carter BloodCare. “As each of these advancements becomes suitable for even our older population, the more we’re going to need an available supply of blood.”
By as early as 2020, Carter BloodCare could be required to provide almost double the amount of blood to local healthcare facilities and their patients, and this might be a significant challenge. A review of Carter BloodCare’s donor data reveals that the percentage of first-time blood donors that returned to give within three years of their initial donation was only 45 percent.
We never saw the other 55 percent again. Carter BloodCare needs your help in growing our donor base and increasing the frequency of donations from each of those volunteers.
And remember, when you give blood with us, the donation is not for Carter BloodCare but for the patients in our community who rely on timely transfusions. Our job is to make these lifesaving transfusions possible – but we can’t do it without our generous donors.
“Giving blood is a powerful way to get involved in your community because it is always life-prolonging, life-saving, or life-enhancing,” said Dr. Sayers. “There is no substitute for human blood.”
We look forward to seeing you! If you or someone you know wants to schedule to donate, give us a call at 1800-Donate-4 or visit us online to book an appointment.