Posted on 07/10/2017
Blood supplies across the country remain at dangerously low levels following a severe decline in blood donations leading up to and following the July 4th holiday. In an effort to rebuild both local and national supplies and be prepared for unexpected events, Bonfils Blood Center is calling on the community to come forward and give blood this week and throughout the remainder of the summer.
Bonfils Blood Center strives to keep a four-day supply of every blood type on the shelf at all times to be able to meet the needs of patients at about 100 hospitals we serve. Donations from O-negative donors, the universal blood type, are especially important this time of year due to increased accidents and trauma cases. The current O-negative blood supply sits at an approximate two-day supply, which is half of the ideal quantity needed to support patient needs. Additionally, platelet donations, which have a shelf-life of only five days, are in high demand after a slow holiday week. However, donors of all types are needed.
As part of Blood Systems Blood Services division, Bonfils Blood Center is included in a multi-state system of blood centers. This network works in tandem, moving lifesaving donations throughout the system to help ensure blood is available when and where it’s needed most. In July alone, the network is facing shortfall of 5,700 donations, with deficits continuing through August. The significant nationwide decline in donations has led to this coordinated call on the public to donate blood.
“Patients, their families and the more than 1,000 hospitals across our nation that Blood Systems serves depend on us to deliver on our promise to provide a safe and ample blood supply,” said Rob Van Tuyle, president of Blood Systems Blood Services Division. “Don’t take a vacation from blood donation. In about an hour, one donor can save up to three lives by giving blood.”
Schedule a donation today and save lives tomorrow
Bonfils Blood Center urges both existing and first-time donors of all blood types to schedule an appointment at one of our eight donor centers or at a mobile blood drive. Walk-ins are welcome at any of our locations.
Ineligible to donate? There are many other ways to support our cause. Encourage a friend to give or ask your employer, civic group or place of worship to consider hosting mobile blood drives:
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