The East Coast needs blood

By From page A6 | November 06, 2012

Last week, I donated blood. The folks there explained something very interesting to me.

While the communities ravaged by Hurricane Sandy need more blood than usual because of injuries, a bigger problem is that blood donations are way down while people recover from the storm and its damage.

So I encourage you to donate blood, today, now. Extra blood from this area will be available to those on the East Coast who need it.

BloodSource is our local “supplier.” Schedule your blood donation now (at www.bloodsource.org or 866-822-5663) since the East Coast may require our help for several weeks. Walk-in donations are also encouraged; Davis’ Blood Center is at 1801 Hanover Drive, Suite A. Especially needed at this time are platelet donations of all blood types.

Platelets are a critical blood component used by many patients, including those in cancer treatment or those with traumatic injuries, and are viable for only five days. BloodSource has already shipped a significant number of platelets and is preparing to ship more at the time of this media release.

This from www.redcrossblood.org/sandy: Superstorm Sandy has already caused the cancellation of about 350 American Red Cross blood drives and more cancellations are expected as the storm continues to move to the west.

“Patients will still need blood despite the weather,” said Dr. Richard Benjamin, chief medical officer of the Red Cross. “To ensure a sufficient national blood supply is available for those in need, both during and after the storm passes, it is critical that those in unaffected areas make an appointment to donate blood as soon as possible.”

So far, the cancellations have resulted in a shortfall of more than 11,800 blood and platelet donations across 14 states that otherwise would be available for those needing transfusions. The situation may worsen as the storm continues to move and in its aftermath. Please donate.

Keith vonBorstel


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