Blood Assurance will be conducting two blood drives in our area during January.
The first is taking place on Tuesday (January 3rd) at Lowes in Gadsden that’s at 615 George Wallace Drive, from 12:30 – 5:00pm
The second drive is scheduled for Monday January 9th at Cherokee Medical Center, that’s at 400 Northwood Drive in Centre, from 1:00 – 6:00pm.
The need for donations is always at its greatest during this time of year.
We urge you to please give the gift of life. Give blood.
Whole blood donations have a shelf life of 42 days, meaning the blood must be used during this time frame; therefore, blood donors are continuously needed to maintain a substantial supply to local hospitals serviced by Blood Assurance. Once an individual makes a blood donation, they have eight weeks until they are able to donate again. However, during the holiday season, blood donations are historically low due to travel and family gatherings, while the utilization of blood and blood products is higher due to an increase in trauma incidents.
“We are incredibly grateful to each and every blood donor who answers the call to donate blood and helps us meet the needs of local hospital patients,” said Mindy Quinn, marketing manager for Blood Assurance. “The need for blood is constant; however, it is often increased during the holidays and must be replenished by those of us in the community who are able to donate. We encourage everyone to stop by a Blood Assurance donor center or bloodmobile to help save lives in the community.”
Blood Assurance also encourages the community to consider donating platelets at their local blood donor center. Donating platelets feels much like a whole blood donation. The blood is taken from one arm and channeled through a sterile, disposable kit that is placed in a special machine. The machine separates the blood into different components, the needed part is taken out and the rest of the blood is returned to the donor. The entire platelet donation process takes 45 to 90 minutes.
Platelets are used by the following patients:
* Patients who experience trauma
* Patients who experience bleeding during surgery
* Patients with aplastic anemia
* Transplant recipients
* Patients with leukemia
* Patients receiving treatment for cancer
To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 18 years old (17 and 16 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids – avoiding caffeine – and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating. Blood donors are not required to make an appointment prior to donating.
For more information on Blood Assurance, donating blood or hosting a blood drive, please call 1-800-962-0628.