Wednesday, July 9

Holiday weekend blood usage causes concern about local supply     Send a link to a friend

[JULY 9, 2003]  An unprecedented joint press release issued by America's Blood Centers, the American Association of Blood Banks and the American Red Cross outlines the serious nationwide need for blood donations. Unfortunately, holiday weekend usage and diminished blood donations over the past few weeks are causing concern locally for Central Illinois Community Blood Center.

Blood collections last week averaged 114 units per day. ONE accident victim has already used 92 units of blood products and is still using blood components. In addition, other accident victims and patients with chronic blood needs must be kept alive. This underscores the necessity of having an ample blood supply on the shelf when someone needs it.

"There can be no better time to donate blood," said David Parsons, CEO of Central Illinois Community Blood Center. "We need regular donors, those who have never donated and those people who have not donated for a long time to step up and help. All blood types are needed."


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You may donate blood if you are at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed permission slip from parent or guardian), weigh at least 110 pounds, are in good health and have not donated in the past 56 days (eight weeks). There is no upper age limit. You need to eat well before you donate, and you need to bring a picture ID or two other forms of ID. As a blood donor, you are truly saving lives.

For more information, call the blood center at 753-1530.  

Please donate blood. It's about life.

[CICBC press release] 


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