Did you know more than four and a half million Americans need a blood transfusion each year? Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, and donations from generous individuals help us meet this critical need (The American National Red Cross, 2024).

We recognize the lifesaving contributions of blood and platelet donors and ask those who do not already donate blood to consider how simple and far-reaching their donations will be.

The American Red Cross reports that only 3% of people who are eligible to donate blood donate each year. Frequent blood shortages occur, making it hard for health care providers to maintain enough blood and platelet donations to meet patient needs.

Making a quick appointment to donate blood or platelets can have life-changing impacts on those who are less fortunate in their health. We urge those who can share their good health with others to resolve to give blood regularly throughout the year.

Who is Eligible to Donate Blood?

In keeping with our commitment to ensure the safety of our patients and our health care providers, donors must meet a few requirements to qualify as blood donors:

  • A potential donor must be at least 17 or older to donate blood. However, some states allow donors to be 16, but these donors must have signed parental consent.
  • A potential donor must weigh at least 110 pounds.
  • A potential donor must be in good health, meaning they must feel well and be able to perform normal activities.
  • Registered donors must wait more than eight weeks (56 days) between each blood donation.

Visit the American Red Cross to find a blood drive near you and help others with a fast and simple blood donation.

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Kim Denzik, MSN, RN

Kim Denzik, MSN, RN, is the director of the UofL Health – UofL Hospital – J. David Richardson Trauma Institute. Kim began her nursing career in 1996 at UofL Hospital as a trauma ICU nurse. She relocated to Florida and then came back to UofL Hospital. Kim has worked at UofL Hospital for more than 10 years in various roles including house supervisor, clinical manager and Emergency Department nurse. For the past five years, she has been the trauma program director where she oversees the daily operations and growth of the trauma program. She works closely with the emergency department, surgical services, the access center and other hospital departments to ensure a multi-disciplinary approach to everything from patient care to community outreach and continuing clinical education. Kim is very passionate about trauma care and proud of UofL Hospital for the trauma resources it provides to the community and surrounding regions. Kim graduated with her master’s degree in 2017 and enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends, especially her grandson.

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