As few as 3 percent of people eligible to give do; unfounded phobias, anxiety typical reasons why
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Sept. 10, 2013 — As few as 3 percent of Americans eligible to donate blood do, and fear and anxiety are common reasons why many decline to give. U.S. hospitals are always in need of new donors; at Mayo Clinic, that need is heightened by concern about iron deficiency in frequent givers. Mayo recently began requiring people to wait 12 weeks rather than eight between donations, a change that means an estimated 10 percent drop in its blood supply. To inspire more people to give blood, Manish Gandhi, M.D., medical director of the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center, addresses six common blood donation phobias:
MULTIMEDIA ALERT: Video of Dr. Gandhi and b-roll of blood and blood donation are available for download from the Mayo Clinic News Network.
Fear of needles: Needles used in blood donation definitely aren't the harpoons that needle-phobic people may think they are. Dr. Gandhi says donors feel a pinprick, much like getting a vaccination.