January is National Blood Donor Month

January is National Blood Donor Month! In 1969, President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation designating the first month of the year as National Blood Donor Month.

It’s an opportunity to recognize the roughly three percent of the U.S. population who donates blood each year.

Blood donation is key to keeping people alive and healthy. Hospitals everywhere use blood, often in emergency situations and pre-scheduled procedures.

Kelly Cumbest is the patient care manager for the Singing River Emergency Department. He says the lack of blood donations can affect how the hospital schedules procedures. “A lot of our surgeries require blood to be successful and to be done. Most of your cardiovascular surgeries, you’re going to have some type of blood exchange during the procedure, and we’ve actually had to delay procedures in order to have enough blood on hand to be able to do it as well as be prepared for the emergency uses at the same time.”

If you want to donate blood and make sure it stays local you can visit the Blood Center at 2939 Bienville Boulevard in Ocean Springs.

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