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.
In partnership with our service hospitals, patients in our communities receive the necessary blood products and skillful, compassionate care to meet their individual needs.
Some patients need to give blood components or undergo apheresis (ay-fur-ee-sis) procedures as part of their treatment for certain diseases. Apheresis utilizes a centrifuge that spins the blood to separate the components, removing the desired component and returning all remaining components to the patient.
Before a scheduled surgery, some patients referred by a physician can store their own blood for transfusion.
When ordered by a physician, patients may specify their own donors for an expected transfusion.
For more information on our Therapeutic Procedures or Autologous Blood Donation, please contact our Clinical Services Department at (800) 747-5401.