Urgent Need for Blood Donations and Platelets Following Fall Break

October 17th, 2022 – 3:15 PM

Press Release –

Blood Assurance is pleading for donors after a serious decline in donations during fall break for many area school districts.

Over the course of the last week, the nonprofit experienced a 90% reduction in donations, compared to the week before. As of Monday, Oct. 17, it had just a one-day supply of O-positive, O-negative, and B-negative blood units available for distribution to more than 70 regional medical facilities.

“With so many folks traveling, fall break really hurt us,” according to Dr. Liz Culler, chief medical officer
for Blood Assurance. “Blood transfusions are taking place every two seconds, so it’s imperative we get
people to our donation centers and mobile blood drives over the next couple of days.”

Platelet donations are also in critical demand, with fewer than 30 units on the Blood Assurance shelves.
“Ideally, we’d like to have more than 60 units available every day,” said Culler. “Platelets are needed by
patients who experience trauma, bleeding during surgery, patients with aplastic anemia, transplant
recipients, patients with leukemia, and patients receiving treatment for cancer.”

As a token of appreciation for donating, Blood Assurance is giving all donors an autumn-themed coffee
mug through the end of the month.

Donors can schedule an appointment at www.bloodassurance.org/schedule, by calling 800-962-0628
or texting BAGIVE to 999777. Walk-ins are always accepted.

To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent),
weigh 110 pounds or more, and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids — avoiding
caffeine — and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating.

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