Patch's Poll: Does The Idea Of Donating Blood Make You Squeamish?

The American Red Cross is looking for donors this month who would be willing to give over a pint of blood for a good cause.


Donating blood is a fairly uncommon practice among most Americans.

According to MayoClinic.org, only five percent of eligible donors across the nation donate blood annually, despite the fact that the number of transfusions in the U.S. increases by nine percent each year.

Right now, the American Red Cross is . The organization is seeking donors and is hosting drives across Connecticut this month.

But, needles can often make people squeamish, which is something the Red Cross acknowledges on its website when discussing the initial fears. The organization conveniently lists a number of potential ways in which you can avoid think about the blood donation part of the process.

Are you the needle-fearing type? Does the idea of donating blood make you squeamish to the point where you just can’t do it? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

MamaBird July 18, 2012 at 11:41 PM
I have gone to Waterford Town Hall every 8 wks for a few years now. Last time (7/13) the wait was so long I had to leave. I was there over an hour and had not even made it to 10th in line for intake (BP, temp, etc.) Too bad. Red Cross keeps issuing pleas for blood but can't handle the response! Walk-in were being turned away at the door.
Gloria July 19, 2012 at 01:10 AM
I agree with you, David, and Mambird who also replied. The staff, I hate to say, REALLY is not nice. They act like they are doing YOU a favor by 'agreeing' to take a person's blood. And I also agree with the difficulty of a "walk in" -- my son just gave in Old Lyme a week or so ago, and he was a walk in. He was there SERIOUSLY like three hours, between waiting, filling out the questions, and you know how long it took him to actually GIVE the blood? SIX MINUTES. He's a young man, and FAST. Even the nurses were surprised how quickly he was done, and commented. So God bless him for taking three hours for something that took him six minutes. He wasn't even mad or anything that he had to wait (ah, the patience of the young). Anyway, unfortunately, I also think the CT Red Cross really needs to change...
Gloria July 19, 2012 at 01:13 AM
p.s. And yes, I have given blood many, many times. I would probably do it more often if it was easier with the waiting time and nicer staff, I am very sorry to say!
cooking mom July 20, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Maybe the CT Red Cross powers-that-be will read what was written here. It is too bad that people have to leave when they have taken their personal time to go and donate. I have donated in Indiana and Illinois in the past and always had good experiences. People were friendly, welcoming, and the experience was fast because there were enough red cross professionals working. I certainly don't have the time to sit for 3 hours waiting to donate when it will take me all of 5-10 minutes to pump out the blood. Let's get it together CT Red Cross. It isn't that hard to make this process more efficient.
Suzanne Cattanach July 20, 2012 at 03:13 PM
The "powers that be" probably are the problem. The CT Red Cross blood drive staff (phlebotomists, drivers, technicians, etc.) are all unionized. The management is pretty horrible, and when they are not in court or on strike, the workers are miserable b/c they are usually understaffed and under-supplied. Rushing can cause serious accidents so I think they have to slow down on purpose. (an accident can harm them too, not just the donor) This seems to be a Red Cross management problem, other states have troubles with management and labor too. They've got pretty much a monopoly on blood donation/collection. They need some competition or they'll never clean up their act.


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