Many people have donated blood. However, it is likely that only a small percentage of these individuals know what happens to their blood once it leaves their systems. This blog will attempt to answer that question.
Donated blood is not simply transfused into someone in need immediately following its extraction from a donor’s body. The life liquid must undergo several critical steps designed to ensure its safety and value. These steps include:
Shortly after donation, blood is first processed into its various components. Typically, blood is placed into a machine called a centrifuge which separates the substance into the several parts that comprise it such as platelets, plasma, red and white blood cells. Once the components are separated, they are stored inside an individual container. Separation often occurs in a laboratory overseen by the institution, organization or health facility receiving the donations.
When the blood has been separated, its components are properly identified. There are four different blood types A, B, AB and O. In addition, donated blood will also be labeled positive or negative based upon its specific Rh factor. Identification is crucial because administering someone the wrong blood type could be a costly, potentially fatal mistake.
Once donated blood is properly separated and identified, it is then tested to determine if the sample contains any infectious pathogens that could possibly precipitate disease. Common infectious particles blood banks search for include: viruses such as HIV, several strains of Hepatitis, various sexually transmitted microbes and infectious illnesses like West Nile or Zika. Donated blood will also be scrutinized for bacteria.
Should donated blood return from testing free of any pathogens, such samples are then stored. The length of time a particular blood component can be stored varies. Typically, platelets are only kept for several days. Red blood cells can remain refrigerated for a period lasting up to six weeks. Plasma can remain frozen and solid for donation for a duration of up to one year.
Blood that is appropriately stored inside a blood bank is typically available for distribution on a moment’s notice. In many instances, hospitals maintain a safe reserve of donated blood. However, stocked blood banks are important in the event of an emergency such as a mass casualty event.
When it comes to wanting your company to succeed or allow your team members to grow as professionals, you can consider encouraging everyone to participate in a company marathon. Not only will the activity allow everyone to spend time together outside of the office, but it can teach a few valuable lessons in the process. If you want to understand the benefits of company marathons, there are a few advantages that they offer.
Create an Ice Breaker
For many companies, it can be difficult to get everyone out of their comfort zone in the workplace. With a company marathon that is hosted, it will allow everyone to have an icebreaker that helps them to work towards a goal together and get to know one another in a casual setting.
Promote a Team Environment
The marathon will also work as a team-building exercise that allows your employees to form stronger relationships with one another as they participate in a group challenge. They’ll learn how to create team support and learn lessons in strategy, endurance, and self-respect as they grow through the activity. The lessons that are learned while training and participating in the marathon can carry over into the workplace and increase the success of your company.
Boosts Mental Strength
Company marathons cause everyone to work hard and feel the pain and discomfort of pushing themselves farther with their physical limitations. Although some people may want to give up, it can allow everyone to motivate each other and find the strength and determination to work harder in all aspects of their life. Psychologically, running can offer many benefits as it improves the determination of the individual and allows them to feel empowered as they work towards a specific goal, which they can also practice in the office.
Improve Your Team’s Health
Hosting a company marathon is an effective way of helping your employees improve their health. By encouraging everyone to train for the marathon in the months leading up to the big day, it can increase the energy levels of your employees and allow them to take less sick days as they improve their physical state and well-being.
You can also follow up on your employees’ health after the marathon by providing free check-ups to evaluate the heart health of your team members.
Deciding what to get a friend for their birthday can be a difficult task. Facebook is looking to make that decision easier while also helping out thousands of nonprofit organizations.
The social media giant launched the birthday fundraiser feature last year in an effort to make peace with its users after news surfaced of a major data breach within the company. The highly-publicized debacle put nearly 87 million users’ data at risk after their personal information was shared with Cambridge Analytica, a data firm which previously worked with the Trump campaign.
After losing the trust of many who use their service, Facebook introduced the birthday fundraiser feature as a way to gain back that trust while also giving back to the community. The feature allows users to select an organization from a list of 750,000 approved nonprofits throughout the United States.
Users set a goal for their fundraiser and they can then share it with their friends. The fundraiser will pop up in their friends’ newsfeed whenever they share it. It also appears at the top of the users’ timeline until the fundraiser ends.
To sweeten the pot even further, Facebook announced on Tuesday, July 10 that it will donate $5 to every fundraiser created through the new feature. Their contribution will come from the Facebook Donations Fund, a fund the company said they planned on giving $50 million to in 2018.
There’s no word yet on how long the company plans on making the $5 donations for, but product manager Ian Alexander says they hope to contribute as much money as possible for as long as possible. Alexander further went on to say that the new birthday fundraising feature is one of the most popular features on its site.
Nonprofits like the Marine Mammal Center in California are pleased with the new fundraising feature, especially since Facebook got rid of fees for nonprofits in November. Now 100% of the money raised from the fundraising feature goes directly to the nonprofit organization.
While Facebook’s charitable efforts may be applauded by many, some users aren’t so easily won over by the birthday fundraising feature. The company still faces a steep uphill battle when it comes to gaining back the trust of users whose data was breached during the Cambridge Analytica fiasco.
Synter Resource Group Cares About Our Community
Synter Resource Group was founded to serve the Transportation Industry with a never-ending quest to build better processes. For over a decade, we have brought that same mindset to our community stewardship. Synter is proud to serve in key initiatives for some of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time, and we never stop working toward a better future.
We are always looking for opportunities to improve and preserve all of the great things about our community in historic Charleston, South Carolina.
At Synter Resource Group, we believe that even the smallest acts of kindness can make a difference. Our passionate staff has participated in all sorts of outreach projects. Some extend off-site to local schools, churches, or community buildings, while others take place right in our own office! No matter what, we aim to bring volunteer work to the forefront of our business and of our wonderful city, so that we can inspire others to get involved as well.
The concept of community has been woven into the fabric of Synter Resource Group since day one. We know that collaboration is crucial — and this sentiment rings just as true when it comes to building our own company culture. We have worked hard to create an inclusive, supportive, and downright exciting place for our staff to work and thrive. We also regularly organize events like employee cookouts, picnics, and outings.
Synter Resource Group is headquartered in a 28,000 square foot facility in Charleston, South Carolina. We are the largest business process outsourcing (BPO) company serving the transportation and logistics industry in North America. Synter was named as one of INC 5000’s Fastest Growing Small Businesses in 2012. We were also recognized in INC 5000’s Fastest Growing Small Businesses in 2016 (list pending) and in the South Carolina Top Workplaces 2017 program.
Organizations Synter has Partnered With:
- United Way
- The Greater Charleston First Tee Organization
- Adopt a Family Christmas campaign
- Angel’s Touch
- St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital