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Summertime Activities and July 4th Holiday Impact Blood Supply – Public Urged to Support Local and National Needs by Donating Blood

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on July 03, 2019 with No Comments

Pictured is Chicagoan Richard Packman as he makes his 500th donation of life-saving platelets June 14, World Blood Donor Day, at the Vitalant Donor Center in Chicago’s State of Illinois Building

As we approach the Fourth of July holiday and what will be a long weekend for many across the United States, Vitalant (Vye-TAL-ant) is bracing for a shortfall of nearly 8,500 blood donations the week of July 1. In an effort to bolster local and national blood supplies and be prepared for unexpected events, Vitalant is calling on the community to come forward and give blood now and throughout the remainder of the summer.

The need for blood does not take a vacation. By rolling up their sleeves, donors can positively impact the lives of patients like Kristina Edgeworth of Chicago. Kristina required 13 units of blood as well as platelets after suffering postpartum hemorrhaging after giving birth to her daughter, Violet.

“The reality is I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for people willing to donate blood,” Kristina said. “Blood donors saved my life.”

Donations from O-negative donors, the universal blood type, are especially important this time of year due to increased accidents and trauma cases. The current O-negative blood supply sits at an approximate two-day supply, which is half of the ideal quantity needed to support patient needs. Additionally, platelet donations, which have a shelf life of only five days, are always in high demand. However, donors of all types are needed.

“In addition to the typical summertime drop in donations, fewer donors are available because of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday,” said Eva Quinley, Vitalant’s Chicagoland regional director. “This holiday week, celebrate by giving blood and doing something good for others—and yourself.”

Schedule a donation today and transform lives tomorrow 

Vitalant urges both existing and first-time donors of all blood types to visit vitalant.org or call 877-25-VITAL to schedule an appointment at one of our community donation centers or at a mobile blood drive. Vitalant-Illinois (formerly LifeSource) is hosting a blood drive at its regional headquarters from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Walk-ins are welcome at any of our locations.

About Vitalant 

Vitalant is the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers, supplying comprehensive transfusion medicine services for nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states. Vitalant inspires local communities to serve the needs of others and transform lives through the selfless act of donating blood. Every day, almost 5,000 blood donations are needed to meet the needs of people throughout the country, and Vitalant’s 780,000 donors supply 1.8 million donations a year. In addition to blood products, Vitalant offers customers transfusion services, medical consulting, quality guidance, ongoing education, research and more. For more information and to schedule a donation, visit vitalant.org or call 877-258-4825 (877-25-VITAL).

 

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