Blood donations needed this summer

  • Wed Aug 1st, 2018 7:00am
  • Life

Submitted by Northwest Bloodworks

Summer is a challenging time for blood collection.

Blood centers all across the nation expect donations to fall by about 15 percent during summer, with schools and colleges on break and donors on vacation. The need for blood is continuous through the summer to support the normal needs of the regional healthcare system. Patients continue to undergo surgeries and organ transplants. Emergency responders treat traumatic injuries and people receive blood components for cancer treatment. In addition to patient needs, staff also want to ensure the community has a strong and stable blood supply at all times, in case of a catastrophic or emergency event.

Apheresis donations will be offered on San Juan Island and Orcas Island. Apheresis allows a donor to give specific blood components, such as platelets. During the procedure, all but the needed blood component is returned to the donor.

Visit www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/platelets for more information and to determine eligibility. Appointments spots are limited. If an apheresis appointment would take too long, whole blood donations are always welcome. Call 1-800-398-7888 to set up a platelet appointment today!

• San Juan: Noon-6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 15, Mullis Community Senior Center.

Orcas Island: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16, Eastsound Fire Department.

Lopez Island: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., but closed 1:30-2:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17, Community Church in the Village.

Contact Sasha Seiden to schedule an appointment or with any questions at Sashas@bloodworksnw.org or 360-527-3651

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