For Immediate Release
January 14, 2020
Bethesda, Md. – AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) is, once again, celebrating National Blood Donor Month (NBDM) by partnering with Inova Blood Donor Services to host a blood drive outside its National Office in Bethesda, Md., today, January 14, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of NBDM, which has been observed in January since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood and platelet donations throughout the winter months. The blood supply is typically lower during this period, since blood donations often decrease because of the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. NBDM was created 50 years ago to encourage more blood donations, since a reduction in donor turnout can put our nation’s blood inventory at a critical low.
“AABB is proud to have been at the forefront of the effort to implement the first National Blood Donor Month 50 years ago. The need for blood remains as relevant now as it did then,” said AABB CEO Debra BenAvram. “Therefore, we are reiterating our unwavering commitment to ensuring the blood supply remains adequate by hosting a blood drive outside the AABB National Office. We encourage all eligible blood donors in the Bethesda area to come by and give blood. If you are elsewhere, please reach out to your local blood center and make an appointment to donate blood.”
Every day in the United States, approximately 30,000 units of red blood cells, nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities for patients with cancer and other diseases, for organ transplant recipients, to help save the lives of trauma victims and for many more patients in need.
Individuals who are at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and meet other donor requirements may be eligible to donate blood. The AABB blood bank locator enables potential donors to find out where they can donate blood.
AABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in the fields of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. The association is committed to improving health through the development and delivery of standards, accreditation and educational programs that focus on optimizing patient and donor care and safety. AABB membership includes physicians, nurses, scientists, researchers, administrators, medical technologists and other health care providers. AABB members are located in more than 80 countries and AABB accredits institutions in more than 50 countries.