Multimedia June 14, 2016
[Podcast] Save a life – Donate blood today
This National Blood Donor Month, ER24 thanks blood donors for their gift of life and urges others to donate if they are eligible to do so. ER24 paramedics see first hand the effect severe blood loss has on patients in both trauma and medical-related cases. Incidents include collisions, stabbings, severe injuries after falling from heights. Blood is also needed by people undergoing surgical operations, cancer patients and people who have other medical conditions. By donating just one unit of blood, which is 480ml, you can help save up to three lives. There are certain requirements for those wanting to donate blood. Donors must be between the ages of 16 and 65, be a minimum weight of 50kg, be in good health and live a sexually safe lifestyle. Visit sanbs.org.za (South African national blood service) or er24.co.za to find out more.