Of Paris, Mali, and Blood


In light of the attacks in Paris and Mali in the last several days, let’s take a look at how people react to situations like these.

In the days following September 11th here in the US, citizens looked for any way they could to be involved and active in the recovery efforts.  Many rushed to their local military recruitment offices, raised their right hands, and signed up to serve.  Others, found different ways to help.  “In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Americans who’d never before given blood flocked to blood banks with their arms bared.” (Marcus, 2003).

Blood donations even in the Sioux Falls area rose in the days following the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the failed attack that ended in a field in Pennsylvania.

“But as the immediacy of the deadly events faded, the sleeves came down again, says a new study that highlights the difficulty of encouraging people in this country to become regular blood donors.” (Marcus, 2003).

Today, you’ll be doing a bit of research on blood donations.

Find some statistics about blood donations in Paris and other involved parts of Europe in the last couple of weeks.  Have donations increased, decreased, stayed flat?  Was there an impact in the US on blood donations immediately after the Paris attacks?

If you have donated blood in the past – what did you chose to do so?  What reaction did you get from friends or family? How did you feel about making your gift of blood to a total stranger?

If you have never donated – why haven’t you?

What is the most common blood type?

What is the most needed blood type in our area?  Does the type of blood most commonly needed vary with geography?

What happens to your blood after you are done donating?

How many people can be helped with a single donation of blood?

Provide the answers to the questions above as well as a link to where you found the information on your blog.

Your post is due Monday, November 30, 2015 at 8:15 a.m.


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