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Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 11:00 PM to 12:00 AM
As the extreme cold and snow hits our area in the middle of Spring, the number of people able to come out and give blood is significantly impacted. In addition, United Blood Services was forced to cancel mobile drives last week, resulting in a loss of nearly 225 blood donations in just one day. Severe weather conditions also lead to more accidents and an increased need for blood.

United Blood Services is asking people to make it a priority to give blood this week and next if it is safe for them to do so. As the sole blood provider to nearly 70 hospitals in the region, we require more than 250 donors each day to safely meet the needs of our patients.

While all blood and donation types are welcome, there's a special need for type O-negative and platelets. O-negative, the universal blood type that's always in high demand, can be given to patients of any blood type. It is often used for premature infants and trauma patients. Platelets are primarily used in the treatment of patients undergoing chemotherapy. Their shelf life is very short—only 5 days—while whole blood or red cell donations can last 42 days.

As part of the Blood Systems Blood Services division, United Blood Services is included in a multi-state network of blood centers. This network works in tandem, moving lifesaving donations throughout the system—once local patient needs are met—to help ensure blood is available when and where it's needed most.

United Blood Services urges both existing and first-time donors of all blood types to visit www.bloodhero.com or call (877)827-4376 to schedule an appointment at one of our three area donor centers or at one of our convenient blood drives.

Blood must be constantly replenished, so it is important that donations are given on an ongoing basis. It can take 24 to 36 hours to collect, test, process and distribute blood where it's needed. And, it's the blood already on the shelf at hospitals that saves lives.

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.
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