Millennials seen as future of blood supply

September 2, 2019
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Millennials hold the key to an adequate blood supply in the United States, according to a recent survey sponsored by Abbott, which creates products that test more than 60% of the world’s blood supply.

Donors older than 50 have provided the largest percentage of donations for years – in South Texas, they made 37% of donations in 2018 – but many older donors are becoming ineligible to give because of medical conditions.

According to a study by the Pew Research Center, Millennials (those born between 1981-96) soon will overtake the Baby Boomers (born 1946-64) as the largest percentage of the U.S. population. That leaves more of the responsibility for maintaining an adequate blood supply on them.

“Millennials are the future and the key to preventing future blood shortages. Blood donation is incredibly important to the health of our community, and we hope donors of all ages take the time to save a life through blood donation,” said Dr. Samantha Gomez Ngamsuntikul, Associate Medical Director at BioBridge Global.

The survey found that 12% of Millennials said they were regular blood donors, giving two or more times a year, compared to just 4% of Baby Boomers.

But 48% of Millennials had never donated blood at all, and 58% of them incorrectly believe there are more blood donors younger than 35 than older than 35. Almost a quarter also incorrectly believe there is an adequate blood supply.

Twenty-three percent of Millennials said knowing someone who needed blood would inspire them to give. Another 20% said they would give if there were a special need for their blood type.

Twenty percent said nothing would motivate them to give blood more.

Performed by global public opinion and data company YouGov, the survey gathered responses from more than 2,700 adults across the country.

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