Have reservations about donating blood? Dr. John Hackett’s interview with Dr. Daliah Wachs on "iHeartRadio" may put you at ease.


"While 38 percent of Americans are eligible to donate blood, less than 10 percent donate each year," said John Hackett, Jr., Ph.D., divisional vice president of applied research and technology for Abbott's Diagnostics business, in a recent interview with Dr. Daliah Wachs on "iHeartRadio." "This can be due to various reasons, including the fact that it takes time. But when you put it into perspective, it takes a little more than an hour to donate blood, and this single act can help up to three people."

Hackett spoke with Dr. Wachs about why regular blood donations are critical to maintaining a healthy and ample blood supply. Here are some highlights:

  • Blood is not just used for emergencies, but also for the treatment of chronic conditions, such as sickle cell disease or cancer. The blood used for each scenario needs to be on the shelf beforehand.
  • Certain blood components have a short shelf life. Red blood cells last for up to 42 days. Platelets last for five days.
  • To inspire and motivate people around the world to regularly donate blood, Abbott launched the BE THE 1™ Donor campaign with world renowned soccer player, Cristiano Ronaldo, Forward for Real Madrid and Captain for Portugal's national team. Ronaldo first gave blood when he was 24 years old and has continued to donate regularly. If you'd like to join the BE THE 1 Donor movement, please visit: www.bethe1donor.com.

Click on the file below to hear the full interview.*

Check out these resources to learn more about blood donation:

*This audio file was posted with permission from "iHeartRadio".


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