In January the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses, OAAPN, joins many across the nation and around the world in recognizing National Blood Donor Month.  This month serves to recognize the life-saving contribution blood and platelet donors make to modern healthcare.  The goal is to boost awareness of the critical need for blood and to spotlight special donors who have made an impact. Join us by sharing this infographic and to educate and inform your families and friends about blood donation.

Donate Blood Infographic

The Need For Blood

  • Every two seconds someone in America needs blood.
  • Over 38,000 pints of blood are needed daily in the U.S.
  • Only 38% of the population is eligible to donate.
  • The need for blood is constant and the blood supply must be regularly replenished.

What You Can Do

  • Donate blood regularly. You can donate whole blood every 56 days.
  • Volunteer your time to help the blood program.
  • Share the need for blood with your friends and family and encourage them to donate.

The Blood Donation Process


  • Hydrate
  • Dress comfortably
  • Maintain iron levels
  • Bring medication list, ID, and a friend
  • Relax


  • Register
  • Review health history
  • Mini-physical
  • The donation
  • Refreshments


  • Hydrate more
  • Avoid heavy lifting and exercise
  • Enjoy knowing that you are helping people

How Blood Is Used

  1. At the Donation Center
    Blood is donated
  2. At the Laboratory
    Blood is separated into 3 components: red cells, platelets, plasma
    Samples are sent for testing
  3. At the Red Cross
    Components are sent to hospitals
  4. At the Hospital
    Doctors determine if and when a patient needs the components
    Blood components are transfused to a patient in need

The American Red Cross