Over the past three weeks, the Blood Center has been forced to cancel dozens of blood drives (68, and counting) leading to a loss of more than 2200 donations due to record cold tempatures, snow, and ice.
If you are able to safely travel to donate blood this week, please do. To find a donation location near you, call (800) 747-5401, visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org, or use the Blood Center’s IMPACT mobile app.
With another winter storm on the way to portions of our service region, we will continue to provide information on the impact of winter weather at www.bloodcenter.org/weather.
Most people will require a blood transfusion at some point in their lives. To meet patient needs for blood and blood components, the Blood Center requires more than 2,000 donations from volunteer blood donors every week. Each year those donations are used to help more than 200,000 patients in their recovery from illness or injury.
Each donation of whole blood can be used to produce as many as four different products that can be transfused to patients. How can this be true? After the donation, blood is separated into its components (red blood cells, platelets and plasma) and fourth product, cryoprecipitate, can be processed from the plasma. White blood cells are removed through a process called leukoreduction (pictured, at top right).
Examples (quantities are estimated)