drive set for Tuesday
Millions of patients—and their families—count on generous volunteer blood donors to make sure lifesaving blood is always available.
Every day in the U.S., patients in hospitals, surgical centers and emergency treatment facilities need approximately:
· 36,000 units of red blood cells
· 7,000 units of platelets
· 10,000 units of plasma
About 6.8 million volunteers give blood in the U.S., which is nearly 26 percent fewer donors than at the beginning of this decade. The result is nearly 4.2 million fewer donations each year. Together, we can reverse this trend and help more people realize their life-transforming potential.
Many people believe that most blood is needed after major disasters. However, daily personal emergencies and ongoing medical needs of thousands of patients require a constant and ready blood supply. It’s the blood already on hospital shelves that saves lives.
The next blood drive is scheduled for August 27, 2019 from 11:30 am – 6:00 pm at the Cottonwood Community Hall. Please contact Brenda Kaschmitter at 208-962-3251 or go online at vitalant.org to schedule an appointment.