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.
The number one reason people give blood is a desire to help others. By choosing the optimal donation procedure for your blood type, you can help even more.
Automated donation procedures use specialized equipment which allows the donor to give specific blood components, such as platelets, plasma or red blood cells. (Depending on patient need, combinations of components may be drawn as well.)
Automated Donation Procedures are also known as Apheresis Donation. The word apheresis (ay-fur-ee-sis) is a Greek word that represents “a taking away.” During an apheresis procedure, the needed blood component is taken away and the remaining components are returned to the donor.
Automated collections help the Blood Center meet the specific product needs of the hospitals and patients we serve. By collecting the right product based on existing patient need, we can respond to the changing inventory needs of the hospitals we serve.
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