Immediate Blood Needs of Shooting Victims are Met For Now

 

Posted on 10/02/2017

At this time, our sister United Blood Services center is able to meet the blood needs of the concert shooting victims being treated at hospitals in the Las Vegas area. 

Earlier Monday, United Blood Services sent more than 200 units of blood and blood components to support the transfusion needs of these patients and stand ready to supply additional blood products as they are requested.

Hundreds of people lined up at the three United Blood Services donor centers in the Las Vegas area and at bloodmobiles on the campus of University Medical Center, a level one trauma center where more than 100 of the victims were taken. 

In Colorado Monday, 866 people registered to donate at a Bonfils donor center or blood drive. By comparison, 371 donors registered the previous Monday.

“While we are in awe of the incredible outpouring of support, it’s important to note that in any situation where blood transfusions are needed, it’s the blood already on the shelf that saves lives,” said Anne Burtchaell, division president for Bonfils Blood Center. “To effectively manage the blood supply for patients either here locally or in Nevada, we are asking donors to make appointments to give blood throughout the coming weeks and even months.”

Blood products have a limited shelf life—42 days for red blood cells and just 5 days for platelets—and must therefore be constantly replenished. Donors are strongly encouraged to schedule a donation appointment by calling 303.363.2300 or by visiting donors.bonfils.org. Due to the overwhelming response, donors may experience extended wait times when scheduling appointments by phone or online.

Bonfils Blood Center stands ready to send blood to Las Vegas if needed. As part of the 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.

Blood has a shelf life, so it is important that donations are given on an ongoing basis. It can take 24 to 36 hours to collect, test, process and distribute blood where it’s needed.

Individuals who are as young as 16 years of age (with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood.

Bonfils is currently unable to book any additional blood drives during October. If you have a group of people or are an invidividual who wishes to donate blood, please contact 303.363.2300 or visit donors.bonfils.org to find a convenient donor center or mobile blood drive near you.

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