American Red Cross encourages donors to be twice the hero

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News release from the American Red Cross:

American Red Cross Encourages Donors to be Twice the Hero

(July 16, 2013) – You can be twice the hero to people in need this summer by donating the double red cell way through the American Red Cross.

A double red cell donation involves giving two units of red cells through an automated donation process. Donors who may be strapped for time will find the collection technology ideal since it allows you to give more of what some patients need.

“Red blood cells are the most frequently used blood component, and are needed by almost every patient who needs a blood transfusion,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Not a day goes by that someone, somewhere doesn’t need red blood cells for emergency or ongoing medical care.

While a donation of double red cells takes about 30 minutes longer than a whole blood donation, the waiting period between donations is 112 days versus 56 days for whole blood. When taken together, the overall time commitment for one double red cell donations is less that giving two units of whole blood.

Donors who meet certain criteria may be eligible to safely donate double red cells. And blood donors with types O and B blood are frequently recruited for the automated donation process. Both blood types are in high demand, with type O being the most requested by hospitals since it can be transfused to patients in other blood groups such as A, B and AB. Hospitals also use type O-negative blood in most emergency trauma cases when a patient’s blood type isn’t known.

“Double red cell donations can help streamline the blood collection process, and boost the supply available to hospital patients,” said Whitman. “That’s incredibly important during the summer when supplies are in delicate balance.”

 

UPCOMING AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES IN YOUR AREA:

  • Friday, Aug. 2, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Mill Supplies, Inc., located at 5105 Industrial Road in Fort Wayne.
  • Monday, Aug. 5, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Sunrise Chapel in the lower level, located at 12732 Spencerville Road in Harlan.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Walmart, located at 10105 Lima Road in Fort Wayne.

 

Fort Wayne Donor Center located at 1212 E. California Road in Fort Wayne, (across from the Memorial Coliseum)

Traditional whole blood or double red cell donation:

  • Monday and Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday and Thursday: noon – 6 p.m. *
  • Friday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Platelet pheresis donation (call 1-800-589-8127 or 260-480-8299 to schedule a platelet donation):

  • Monday: 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 6:30 a.m. – noon
  • Sunday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Lutheran Hospital Donor Center located at 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 107 in Fort Wayne (in the South Lobby of Lutheran Hospital)

Traditional whole blood or platelet pheresis donation (no platelet pheresis on Wednesdays): **

  • Monday through Wednesday: noon – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday through Saturday: 6 a.m. – noon *
    * 2nd Thursday of the month: noon – 6 p.m.

 

How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in Indiana and Ohio), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

About the American Red Cross
The Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region serves northern and central Indiana and northwestern Ohio, and needs to collect about 500 units of blood a day to meet patient need in more than 60 hospitals. In addition to providing blood to our community, the American Red Cross also provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

 

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