Blood Donation 101 for Phlebotomy Technicians

People used to be so squeamish about blood but, somehow, fiction has somewhat brought people closer to it. Still, though, not very many people are familiar with it enough to know the facts of blood donation in the United States. Little do people know that every two seconds, a person in the US requires blood transfusion. Think about how many people in the whole world needs it too, in a millisecond. Apparently, there are lots of them but there are very few people who are eligible to donate. That’s the worst thing that phlebotomy practitioners have to deal with.

Engaging a phlebotomist’s career, you will find that there’s a real, solid reason for the running cliché about people who hates needles. In fact, there’s one too many hearsays about that. In reality, there are people who are legitimately afraid of needles. As a phlebotomist, you have to be prepared emotionally in order to deal with them. At the same time, you need to be prepared professionally and know the procedure which you are going to do to your patients.

As hard as it is to believe, less than 38% of people in the United States meet the requirements to do blood donation. Despite the number of blood donation outlets in the country, and in the world, for that matter, very few people are willing to step forward and donate blood. It has to do with fear of needles and incompatible health conditions. Incompatible health conditions and taking medication are both understandable excuses why a person couldn’t donate blood. Fear of needles, on the other hand, pales in comparison to these, as it would seem. It’s the job of the phlebotomy technician to wipe away this fear among people. Phlebotomist can be more gentle to people and, little by little, that fear can be removed from people’s minds. It’s the mantra that every phlebotomist should keep repeating.

As mentioned earlier, blood donation isn’t a favorite subject among people. Very few of the common people know about it. To shed more light on this topic, here are some facts about blood donation that everybody – not only phlebotomy technicians – must know:

Blood types O+ and O- are the most common blood types, according to the American Red Cross. Nearly 45% of people in the US have this blood type. It’s safe to assume that people with these exact same blood types are most endemic in the world. According to Avert, another blood organization in the US, blood screening procedures for HIV and various other communicable health problems have been in circulation since 1985, so there’s really no reason to fear that blood donations and transfusions will get you diseases like HIV.

The collection process of all blood banks have been standardized since 1947, an effort done by the American Association of Blood Banks. Similar effort had been conducted in different first-world countries like Japan, China and United Kingdom. The majority of the developing countries, on the other hand, rely heavily on the aid of Red Cross outlets in their area.


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