UHC partners with Vitalant to organize blood drive this Wednesday; donations more necessary than ever

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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) – The United Hospital Center is partnering with Vitalant to host a community blood drive this Wednesday, October 6.

It will take place at the Bridge Sports Complex on Court 1 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Anyone is allowed to attend and masks will be required upon donation. Vitalant’s communications manager, Kristen Lane, said it was important for residents to participate because a donation can save up to three lives. According to the UHC, this is the case because the blood is separated into three components: red blood cells, platelets and plasma.

– Red blood cells help pediatric patients, trauma or surgery patients and people with anemia

– Platelets are needed by people being treated for cancer, people with blood disorders, and patients undergoing open heart surgeries and organ transplants

– Plasma is given to patients in shock and to those with severe burns or bleeding disorders

“Anytime someone needs blood and has to go to the hospital, the only way to get that blood is through someone to donate it. Blood can’t be made, it has to come from a human donor, ”Lane said.

Few people have donated blood since the pandemic compared to previous years, which is why Lane said attendance on Wednesday is essential.

“When we were all under compulsory shelter in place, a lot of people were afraid to go out and donate blood. They did not realize that blood donation is an essential function, we need blood donors, hospitals need blood donors for their patients, so we have seen a real drop, ”she said. declared.

Lan also mentioned that it’s important to never wait for a crisis to happen and then donate, as it might be too late. That’s why they hope people donate not only on Wednesdays, but regularly after the event.

“When we donate blood regularly, that blood will be in hospitals for someone who needs it in an emergency,” she said. “So we really encourage everyone to develop this healthy and generous habit of donating blood regularly, you will save lives and you will feel so empowered by it.”

You are asked to make an appointment, but walk-in visits will be accepted. Most healthy people are eligible to donate blood. Vitalant encourages donors to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water on the day of their appointment. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated people can donate, and everyone must bring identification (such as a driver’s license). Masks are mandatory for all donors, regardless of their vaccination status.

There is no waiting period to donate after being vaccinated against COVID-19 or the seasonal flu vaccine. Donors of all blood groups are needed, especially group O, the most commonly used blood group. O-negative is what emergency room staff look for when they don’t have time to determine a patient’s blood type.

To promote safe social distancing, all potential blood donors are encouraged to make an appointment – either by phone at 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825), or online at donateblood.centralbloodbank.org or vitalant. org by searching with Group Code W4310001.

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