A hydrated body makes for a successful donation. Begin to increase your fluid intake a few days before donation.
When you think you have had enough, DRINK MORE!
Prepare yourself for donating by eating iron rich foods. Increasing your intake of vitamin C will also help your body absorb iron.
Foods high in iron
Raisins, bananas, watermelon, dried apricots, dried peaches, strawberries, prunes etc.
Enriched white bread, whole wheat bread, enriched macaroni, wheat products, iron fortified cereal, cream of wheat, etc.
Beef, veal, pork, ham, turkey, chicken, lamb, liver.
Shrimp, cod, haddock, scallops, tuna, mackerel, sardines, etc.
Spinach, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, broccoli, kale, peas, etc.
Eggs, almonds, peanut butter, brown rice, tofu, dark chocolate, sunflower seeds, lentils, dried beans, dried peas, etc.
Citrus fruits and juices, kiwi, melons, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, leafy greens.
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Headquartered in downtown Buffalo and established in 1981.
Unyts is among the leading procurement organizations in the United States, and is one of the only eight centers nationwide to house organ, tissue and eye procurement in one location. With the addition of Community Blood Service, Unyts has become the first organization of its kind nationwide. Unyts operates as a non-profit serving the eight counties of Western New York and works to assist donor families, coordinate the donation process and increase knowledge and awareness within the community regarding transplantation.
Unyts routinely has helped to secure higher rates of donation in Western New York than the national average. When approached following the death of a loved-one for organ donation, Western New York families are very generous. In 2014 the Unyts conversion rate was 81.5%– the national average was 63.2%. Due to these numbers, Unyts is ranked as one of the top procurement organizations nationwide. As recently as 1997, Unyts had just 200 donors; in 2014 the organization surpassed 1,200.
The organization’s network and success have gone hand-in-hand, and as a result, Unyts has been able to spread the message that transplantation is vital – and transplantation saves lives. Unyts is currently headed by President & CEO Mark Simon, and Chair of the Board of Directors David Carlson.
*As of January 1, 2012, Unyts operates under, d/b/a Unyts, WNY’s only Organ, Eye, Tissue and Community Blood Center. We are no longer Upstate NY Transplant Services.
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