|By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne)
The Pennsylvania Department of Health, along with leaders of five major blood banks across the state, are encouraging residents to consider donating blood if they are able. The department reports that blood donations have decreased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Donated blood is essential for surgeries, traumatic injuries, cancer treatment and chronic illnesses. In fact, approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the United States.
The type of blood most commonly requested and used by hospitals is type O. Type O blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type, which is why it is often used in emergencies when there is not enough time to determine a patient’s blood type. However, all blood types are needed to make sure there is a reliable supply for patients.
Most individuals are eligible to donate blood in Pennsylvania if they are in good health, at least 16 years old and weigh a minimum of 120 pounds.
Donating blood is easy – simply make an appointment with a local blood bank or visit an upcoming blood drive in your community.
Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office