Health Watch - Party Time: The Gift of Life

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about the festive season of holiday parties. While you fill your calendar with parties and family gatherings, take time to add one more appointment that will help others: a blood donation.

Blood and its components are perishable, so the need never stops, even during the holidays. Platelets can only be stored for about five days. Unfortunately, the need may rise during the holiday season, while donors are too busy at this time of year to make time to donate blood. Dr. Ravi Sarode, a pathologist and expert on blood transfusion at
UT Southwestern Medical Center, suggests planning now to make regular blood donations throughout the coming new year. One donation can help as many as four people because blood can be divided into components. You can choose to give either whole blood or just platelets.

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December 2009

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