Blood donors across the region answered the American Red Cross's call for help earlier this summer. But there's work yet to be done.
According to a post on Fauquier Health's Facebook page, "An urgent need remains for platelet donors, as well as donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood." Collection usually drops over the summer. Health officials are drumming up awareness to get ahead of the long Labor Day weekend.
“Patients in local hospitals often can’t take a break to enjoy the holiday,” said Page Gambill, Chief Executive Officer of the Red Cross Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region. “But blood and platelet donors can give these patients a chance to enjoy this time with family and friends – simply by rolling up a sleeve.”
Today, Fauquier Health is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive in the Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Room, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In addition to gratitude and a snack, the American Red Cross hopes to sweeten the pot with prizes for donors. Anyone who gives blood to the American Red Cross between now and Sept. 9 will be eligible for one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards. Those who give blood by Sept. 2 will get a complimentary Red Cross T-Shirt.
A single donation of blood gives the Red Cross a new supply of red blood cells, platelets, plasma. In this way, one pint of blood can potentially help up to three people. Terri Kambach, blood drive organizer at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, put the need for blood into perspective with the following examples:
-A single car accident victim may require up to 100 pints of blood.
-Heart bypass surgery patients may need 5 pints of blood.
-Someone with a bleeding ulcer or facing hip replacement surgery may require up to 20 pints.
-Those who will undergo open heart surgery may need up to 50 pints of blood.
-An organ transplant patient may need hundreds of pints of blood.
-Bone marrow transplant patients will need red cells and platelets daily for several weeks.
-A premature infant may need up to 4 pints while in intensive care.
To learn more and to find more opportunties to give blood, visit the American Red Cross website.