blood supply is safer than
has ever been in our nation’s
The American Red Cross ensures donating blood
is a safe opportunity to give the Gift of Life. Each needle is sterile,
disposable and used only once - just for you - and then destroyed
after use. Red Cross technicians are specially trained to make your
donation experience comfortable and rewarding. Our personnel will
ask you confidential questions and conduct a quick health screening
to determine if it is safe for you to donate. They will also be
glad to answer your questions and talk about the process.
by recruiting only volunteer
by providing information
about high-risk behaviors associated with transmissible diseases
by conducting confidential
and rigorous behavioral and health history screening interviews
of all donors prior to donation.
After donation, each unit of blood goes through
up to 12 tests at a National Testing Lab (NTL). Every unit of blood
is screened for infectious diseases such as HIV, Syphilis and Hepatitis
B and C, as well as for unexpected antibodies that might cause complications
in some patients.
Within 18 hours of submitting blood samples
to the NTL in Detroit, test results are sent back to the Northern
Ohio Blood Services Region. Any blood that does not pass all lab
tests is destroyed.
While blood transfusions are not risk free,
the blood supply is extremely safe. The risk of contracting HIV
from a transfusion is currently extremely low - less than .0001%.
In almost every case, the lifesaving benefits of receiving a blood
transfusion outweigh the very small risk of contracting an infectious
Many layers of safety protect our nation’s
Modern medicine could not be practiced without blood.