Due to low donations and increased patient need, we are urging all eligible volunteer donors, especially those with AB or O blood type, to donate now. Please contact the Blood Center to schedule a time to give at a donor center or mobile blood drive near you as soon as possible. Call (800) 747-5401, or schedule online at www.bloodcenterimpact.org or via our Blood Center Impact App. Thank you!
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Davenport, Iowa -- Donors who give blood with Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center are invited to take part in the National “Bleed Blue” Blood Drive on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (Wed., Jan. 9) and continuing through the rest of January. To take part, donors can post photos of their donation to social media, using the hashtag #BleedBlue and MVRBC will re-post and re-tweet these images. In addition, donors who give at MVRBC Donor Centers will have the opportunity to complete an “I Bleed for ____” sign as part of their tribute to law enforcement in their community.
To schedule an appointment for blood donation at an MVRBC Donor Center or mobile blood drive, please call (800) 747-5401, schedule online through www.bloodcenterimpact.org, or use MVRBC’s mobile app (links to download at www.bloodcenter.org/app).
Police officers are often “on the scene” of traffic accidents and other incidents involving injuries or trauma with blood loss. They work with paramedics to get injured persons to hospitals, and those individuals are frequently treated with blood transfusions.
The January 9 Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is organized by COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors). COPS has organized the National “Bleed Blue” Blood Drive to pay tribute to members of law enforcement and the role transfusion medicine plays in treating victims of trauma. For more information, see: www.concernsofpolicesurvivors.org/blue-blood-drive.
Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. A photo I.D. or MVRBC Donor Card is required to donate. All persons age 17 and up (or 16, with a signed parental permission form) who weigh at least 110 lbs. and are in general good health meet the basic eligibility requirements for blood donation.
About Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) is the exclusive provider of blood products and services to 88 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. The Blood Center is based in Davenport, Iowa, where MVRBC’s testing, processing and primary distribution center produces transfusable blood component products from more than 200,000 whole blood and platelet apheresis donations each year. The Blood Center’s service region extends from southwestern Wisconsin to St. Louis, Missouri and from Danville, Illinois to Albia, Iowa, an area with a population of more than 4-million residents. For more information, see www.bloodcenter.org.