Blood donation campaign “Leave your mark”

by Lorraine Williamson
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MADRID: The Transfusion Centre of the Community of Madrid has launched a Summer Blood Donation Campaign. Over the summer months, 12,000 patients will need transfusions. Therefore, to cover this demand, 35,000 donations will be needed from when the campaign started on July 1 to September 15.

Blood donations are always important and always needed, but especially since the pandemic and over the summer months, reserves have been low. It is therefore hoped that 115,000 – 120,000 bags of blood will be donated this year.

Leave your mark

The campaign states, “The steps you take are not important, but the footprints you leave. In this hospital you can donate blood. Leave your mark!”

The Transfusion Centre encourages the residents of the Madrid municipalities to donate before going on vacation.

It also encourages those people who, although they may go to the hospital for consultations related to other issues, they can also take the opportunity to donate. This is of course if their pathology does not prevent them.

The people of Madrid will find this campaign in all the hospitals of the Madrid Health Service along with stickers on the floor that will show them the way from the access door to the donation room. Just follow the tracks!

You can donate at 30 hospitals, mobile unit points, the Transfusion Centre and the Red Cross donation room are available every day.

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The facts

In the Community of Madrid alone, around 38,000 units of blood can be transfused each year in surgeries, 42,000 to onco-haematological patients, 40,000 in Internal Medicine (to replace blood lost in digestive bleeding, bleeding ulcers, dialysis, etc.), more than 30,000 in emergencies or 9,000 in interventions aimed at children.

Blood is not manufactured. If there is no donation, there is no transfusion.

Donate Blood Regularly

Each day they need 900 donations. Don´t wait until it is an emergency. Donate regularly, a few times a year. You can donate every 2 months but up to a maximum of 3 times a year for females or 4 times a year for males.

What are the requirements?

The basic requirements to donate blood are to be between 18 and 65 years old, weigh more than 50 kilos and be in good health.

There are other criteria or exclusions depending on various health conditions or whether you are confirmed positive with COVID, on certain medication, etc. There is a free telephone number where you can check 900 30 35 30.

Did you know?

  • hip replacement, needs between 2 and 3 blood donations.
  • spinal surgery up to 4 or 6 donations.
  • pediatric multi-organ transplant, around 24 donations.
  • complicated delivery, between 2 and 4 or even up to 10 if there is a massive hemorrhage.
  • liver transplant, between 30 and 200 donations.
  • leukemia treatment: up to 250 donations.
  • surgical intervention: up to 20 donations.

Málaga blood donation points

Each region throughout Spain also requires blood donations. Check with your local health centres or hospitals. Meanwhile, for those in the Málaga region, throughout August where you can donate in these mobile locations.

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