There’s a lot of debate over various hot topics these days, but I thought I’d take some space to share something that our lawmakers have done that isn’t such a big headline, but still makes an impact.
I’ve always been a big supporter of donating blood when I can, and I often encourage others to do so as well if they are able. That’s why the recent Tattoo and Body Art bill grabbed my attention.
This bill basically aimed to remove the 12-month waiting period to donate blood after getting a tattoo. That waiting period was intended to mitigate the risk of disease transmission from facilities and technicians that might reuse needles or ink, and didn’t really have much to do with actually getting a tattoo. However, nowadays, businesses that give tattoos are taking large steps in making the process perfectly safe and clean. The Tattoo and Body Art bill requires the licensure of all body art establishments and technicians in Minnesota, and that takes these efforts one step further.
As a result, people getting tattoos from these licensed establishments and artists no longer have to worry about the spread of disease, and they are now perfectly viable blood donors.
As we all have heard many times, the need for blood is a constant one, and it can be hard to keep up with the demand. Legislation like this one helps everyone win by making the process of getting a tattoo safer, and allowing more people to continue giving blood.
American Red Cross Mid-America Blood Services Division Chief Medical Officer David C. Mair stated that, “We estimate that thousands of additional blood and platelet donors will be eligible to donate now.”
That sounds great to me.
It turns out about half of all states have similar legislation, which is helping minimize blood borne infections as well as encourage blood donation.