Rick's Interview with Liz Lambert from Vitalant

Thursday, November 15th

Bonfils Blood Center is now Vitalant. It’s a new name uniting more than 125 nonprofit blood donation centers around the country, allowing your blood donation to have an even bigger impact.

While donations typically drop during the busy holiday season due to busy schedules and the onset of cold and flu season, the need for donated blood does not. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion for everything from car accidents and other traumas to organ transplants, to treat blood disorders and many other medical treatments that don’t make news headlines.

Winter weather conditions can also lead to more accidents and the need for blood.

It’s the blood already on the shelf that helps in an emergency. That’s why it’s crucial to maintain a safe and ready supply at all times. It takes about 24 to 36 hours to process, test and distribute each blood donation before it is delivered to hospitals.

While all blood types are needed, there’s always an elevated need for type O blood. Type O blood is often used for premature infants and trauma patients – when there’s not time to test the patient’s blood type.

Platelet donors are also needed. Platelets are primarily used in the treatment of patients undergoing chemotherapy. The shelf life of platelets is only 5 days—while whole blood or red cell donations can last 42 days. Learn more about donation types and what might be right for you at https://www.vitalant.org/Donate/Types-of-Donation.aspx.

Individuals who are as young as 16 years of age (with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood.

It takes more than 3,000 blood donations each week to meet the needs of patients in our region and to be ready for unexpected events.

As part of a 40-state network, your blood donation will go where and when it’s most needed at that moment, whether it’s across town or across the country.

Through Jan. 13, everyone who donates at a Vitalant donation center or blood drive in our region will be automatically entered to win a four-night trip for two adults to Costa Mujeres, Mexico.Details are available here: CO: https://tinyurl.com/ybdgh8us RC: https://tinyurl.com/yd6at98g WY: https://tinyurl.com/ya8wbzrh

As a special thank you, donors will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt, while supplies last:  Learn more about how to transform lives with us at vitalant.org or 877-25-VITAL (84825)