‘Real heroes don’t wear capes’, is a phrase that gets thrown about very often these days. Now, what is wonderful about the statement is that it is true. Every day we encounter real heroes, people who have saved lives or have made a commitment to save lives. These heroes are blood and organ donors.

How does blood donation work?

Approximately 1 pint of blood is taken from a donor at a time, and it is advised that you wait two months before donating again. Platelets can be donated once per week but, it is not advisable to go overboard while donating.

Once the blood is collected, it is screened for diseases like HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HTLV I and II, and syphilis. The blood group is also noted. Blood groups include A, B, AB, and O and each of these could be either Rh negative or positive. Blood groups are denoted as A+, A-, B+, B-, AB+, AB-, O+ and O-. Donors and recipients are matched based on these blood groups.

When you become a blood donor, you can help people who require transfusions for a number of reasons. Blood loss caused due to surgery or injury, low hemoglobin due to a disease or genetic conditions, leukemia and other conditions all require blood donations. You could potentially save a life when you donate blood.

 

How does organ and tissue donation work?

As an organ donor, there are two ways you can donate your organs- while you are alive and posthumously. Because we have two kidneys and can function well with just one, many people donate kidneys to relatives or friends who need one. Many people also donate to complete strangers to save their lives. A partial liver transplant is also possible from a living host. Liver donors give part of their own livers to people who have suffered liver failure and would not survive otherwise.

Organs like the heart, full liver, pancreas, corneas, and so on are all donated once a person has passed away. You could make your intentions known while you are alive that after your death, your organs are to be donated or your immediate family can make the decision for you when the time comes. What better way to live on than to have your organs keeping another human being alive? You could save up to eight people by committing to be an organ donor.

Create Better Donor Engagement By Implementing  Kare-N™

Developed to help encourage donors to make and keep donation appointments, Kare-N makes donating blood easy. Despite the fact, that half the battle blood donation centers face is getting people to show up for donations they have already committed to. In fact, many blood donation centers report they lose an average of nearly $150 billion in revenue loss due to no-shows. By creating a two-way communication framework, Kare-N® enhances interaction between donors and the donation center decreasing the no-show rate by approximately 33%.

Before your appointment, Kare-N will text you and provide key insights into what to expect on prior to donation day, during donation and after the appointment. Kare-N creates a two-way conversation with the donor.    If you are no longer able to make your appointment use the Kare-N will allow you to easily reschedule without the hassle of making a call to a call center.

At HealthAware, we are committed to improving lives in communities we serve.  By supporting blood centers, we hope to bring a balance between demand and supply for people of all ages and blood types who are constantly in need of whole blood and platelet donations – together we can make a difference.