St. Lukes to host Blood Drive Tuesday in response to critical shortage

Published 2:32 pm Friday, September 4, 2009

There is currently a critical blood shortage. The American Red Cross is issuing an urgent national appeal for blood donations. National blood inventory levels have dropped well below a safe and adequate supply.&bsp; Every day, blood is needed in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities for patients with cancer and other diseases, for organ transplant recipients, and to help save the lives of accident victims. Without more blood on the shelves, the Red Cross cannot ensure that hospitals will have the blood they need to treat all patients. &dquo;Right now, we need you to roll up your sleeve and give the gift of lifesaving blood.&dquo; said Jody Flynn, Lab Director at St. Luke&squo;s Hospital. &dquo;Blood must be available at a moment&squo;s notice to help patients in need. Our country has reached an emergency situation and the blood will not be there without the immediate response of generous, volunteer blood donors like you.&dquo;

St. Luke&squo;s Hospital is helping make sure that blood is available by sponsoring a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Tuesday, Sept. 8, from noon ‐ 4:30 p.m.

All who donate will receive an American Red Cross stadium seat and will be entered into an additional door prize drawing!

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Blood donations decline in the summer due to vacations, holidays, and everyone&squo;s busy lifestyle in the warm months. The blood shortages are also caused by the absence of high school blood drives and fewer students at college blood drives.

Unfortunately, injuries don&squo;t decrease in the summer. On average, emergency rooms use between four and forty units of blood to treat one car accident victim.

Right now, American Red Cross blood inventory levels across the country are so low that patient care may soon be compromised. Blood collections have steadily decreased and national supplies have reached a critical low point, with some areas of the country falling below a one-day supply of blood. Many areas of the country are already on local emergency appeals.

Individuals are asked to support their local blood centers by making and keeping an appointment to donate immediately. Cyclical blood shortages can put lives in jeopardy. We each have a responsibility to contribute to the blood supply&ellip; life is too precious. We need you to join the American Red Cross as we all work to recover from this critical situation and to prevent future emergencies. Give blood now, and make an appointment to give a second time later this summer. Make a commitment to donate blood regularly.

Giving blood is a safe process, is easy, and takes very little time. Although about 60 percent of the people in America are eligible to donate blood, only 5 percent do. Donations are critically needed; please act now by giving the gift of life. Anyone at least 17 years of age, weighing 110 pounds or more and feeling in good health may be eligible to donate blood. &bsp;

Please call (828) 894-2408 to schedule a convenient appointment.