Be prepared: Red Cross urges blood donation


(4/30/2018)

This May, the American Red Cross is calling for donors to give blood regularly to be prepared to meet the needs of patients in emergency situations.

According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2 million hospital admissions each year.

In March 2015, Kevin Frame suffered life-threatening injuries in a head-on collision during spring break. He received blood products to treat internal injuries immediately after the accident and during multiple surgeries while recovering.

“Without the blood and plasma products made available from donations, I would not be alive today to continue my rehabilitation journey,” said Frame, who had to relearn to swallow, speak and walk after the accident.

Regular blood, platelet and plasma donations help ensure that blood is available at a moment’s notice. In fact, it is the blood on the shelves that is used to help save lives at the time of an accident or sudden illness.

In trauma situations, when there’s no time to check a patient’s blood type, emergency personnel reach for type O negative red blood cells and type AB plasma because they can be transfused to any patient, regardless of blood type. Less than seven percent of the population has type O negative blood, and only about four percent of the population has type AB blood.

Donors of all blood types are urged to roll up a sleeve this May to help meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood donor app, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

All those who come to donate from April 9 to May 13, 2018, will be entered to win one of three $1,000 gift cards to a national home improvement retailer, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Restrictions apply. More details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Lets-Do-More.)

Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 1-26:

Red Wing
• May 9, 2018, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Red Wing Shoes, 314 Main Street
• May 10, 2018, 1-7 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 320 West Avenue
• May 11, 2018, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., city hall, 315 West Fourth Street
• May 25, 2018, noon to 6 p.m., Anytime Fitness, 124 Tyler Road South
• May 25, 2018, noon to 6 p.m., Seventh Day Adventist, 4652 Highway 61 North

La Crescent
• May, 17, 2018, 1-7 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 21 North Hill Street

Plainview
May 3, 2018, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Plainview Elgin Millville High School, 500 West Broadway

Lewiston
• May 15, 2018, 1-7 p.m., St. Johns Church, 160 Williams Street

Rollingstone

• May 24, 2018, 12:30-6:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Community Center, 111 Broadway

Winona
• May 1, 2018, noon to 6 p.m., First Congregational Church, 161 West Broadway
• May 2, 2018, noon to 6 p.m., Express Suites River Port Inn, 900 Bruski Drive
• May 7, 2018, 1:15-6:30 p.m., American Legion Post #9, 302 East Sarnia
• May 8, 2018, noon to 6 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 West Broadway
• May 9, 2018, noon to 6 p.m., Plaza Suites, 1025 Highway 61
• May 14, 2018, noon to 6 p.m., Wal-Mart, 955 Frontenac Drive
• May 14, 2018, 1-6 p.m., Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue
• May 22, 2018, noon to 6 p.m., St. Martins Lutheran Church, 253 Liberty
• May 23, 2018, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Winona National Bank, 204 Main Street

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit it on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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