Blood Drive at Mullis Center Wednesday October 11

You can help Las Vegas shooting victims.

On Monday morning, Bloodworks Northwest communicated with United Blood Services in Las Vegas to offer emergency blood components to treat those injured in the horrific shooting Sunday night. UBS advised that while their immediate hospital requirements are being met, additional supplies will be needed. We expect to be called upon in the days ahead as a large number of patients will need treatment and ongoing care.

We’re urging local donors who have not donated recently – regulars and first-timers – to help build our local inventories by donating this week so we can be ready to respond when shipments to Las Vegas are needed. Thank you for your support.

San Juan Island Blood Drive: Wednesday, October 11 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Mullis Community Senior Center. To schedule an appointment to donate whole blood, please contact Bruce Martin: bruceislander@gmail.com or (360) 562-7263

Please see below to see the best way to help out, depending on your blood type. Of course, whole blood donations are always appreciated if you do not have the time for apheresis! To sign up for platelets or plasma, please call 1-800-398-7888!

Platelets (O+, A+, B+, O-): How platelet donation works. Platelets are essential for cancer patients. The process takes about 2 hours but allows you to give 10-15 times the amount of platelets as a standard donation. You can give platelets in between whole blood donations, up to once per week. You are eligible for platelets as soon as 3 days after a whole blood donation.

Plasma (AB+, AB-): How plasma donation works. If your blood type is AB, you are the universal plasma donor! Plasma is essential for burn victims and other patients. Donating plasma adds just 30 minutes to your visit.

FAQ’s:

  • Yes, you CAN donate if you’ve had a flu shot.
  • Yes, you CAN donate if you’ve had a tattoo in the past 12 months – as long as it was performed in a licensed facility in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, or California
  • Yes, you CAN donate if you are a diabetic – as long as you are healthy you are able to give
  • Yes, you CAN donate if you are taking blood pressure medicine, as long as your blood pressure is within range
  • Yes, you CAN donate 6 weeks after pregnancy.
  • And there is NO upper age limit – as long as you are healthy, you’re eligible!

More questions? Please click here or call Bloodworks Northwest at 800.398.7888 ext. 2

Posted on October 8, 2017 at 6:01 pm by

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