1. You can get a blood-borne illness by donating blood. True/False
2. It’s OK for a woman to donate blood during menstruation. True/False
3. You can only donate twice per year. True/False
4. So many people donated after September 11, 2001, that more blood isn’t needed. True/False
5. Baystate Medical Center makes it easy to donate blood. True/False
1) False. All materials used to collect blood are new, have been sterilized by the manufacturer, and are thrown away immediately after use.
2) True. It’s fine to donate as long as you are feeling well. Baystate checks every donor's hemoglobin (iron level) prior to collecting their blood.
3) False. According to the regulations, you can donate every 56 days – the time it takes your body to replace the blood cells and iron lost after donating, or up to 5 times per year.
4) False. Blood products are perishable. Red blood cells have a shelf life of 42 days, and platelets only five days. Even though about 40,000 Americans donate blood each day, that’s barely enough to keep the health care system running.
5) TRUE! Baystate’s Blood Donor Center, a comfortable facility staffed by friendly professionals, is located on the first floor of Baystate Medical Center’s Daly Building at 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield. Appointments are available weekdays, as well as Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and walk-ins are welcome. To learn more or schedule an appointment, please call 413-794-4600.