In the event you are thinking about a field trip to a blood donation center it is really important that you contact the center and make them aware of your intentions. HIPAA and OSHA requirements are strict and the center needs to accommodate for their rules and regulations to make the tour safe and educational for the girls. I included these rules and regulations and the reasons they are necessary as part of the girls' learning experience.
I created an educational hand-out for the girls. I tried to make it simple and yet filled with interesting facts and statistics. As they read through the information, I heard a lot of "WOW!" and "I did not know that!" kind of comments, so I knew the sheets had been effective. While waiting for my screening process I played a trivia game with the girls, allowing them to use their "Blood Facts" sheets and they quickly learned a lot of information. I also described the screening process to the girls since they were not allowed into the screening room.
Once my screening was complete, the girls lined up in the waiting are and the blood center was able to place me on a bed closest to the waiting area so the girls could peer over to see the entire donating process. Some of the girls were a bit squeamish and could not watch the "whole" process, but I was proud to see every girl glance over several times to get the full experience. A few of the girls felt the completed bag and could feel how warm my blood was and this was really a neat experience for them.
So now that I have your attention, I want to share with you a few amazing facts that will really make you realize as a leader how great this field trip can be to your girls:
- By donating 1 unit (approximately 1 pint) you can SAVE 3 LIVES!
- An adult has about 10-12 pints of blood in the body
- Blood makes up about 7% of your body's weight.
- A newborn baby is born with about 1 cup of blood in it’s body
- You could DONATE 46.5 gallons: if you began at 17 and donate every 56 days until 79 yrs old
- 3 gallons of blood is used every minute in the United States.
- The DFW area needs 1,100 donors a day to fulfill the demand.
- The US needs about 36,000 donors per a day to meet demands.