OneBlood Sends Nearly 300 Units of Blood to Texas

OneBlood Sends Nearly 300 Units of Blood to Texas

Increase in Local Donations Urgently Needed

(Orlando, Florida - August 29, 2017)  A second shipment of blood is on its way to Texas from OneBlood.  The local not-for-profit blood center serving the southeastern United States has sent nearly 300 units of blood in the past two days and will continue to supply blood to the Lone Star state until further notice. (Pictures of today’s shipment of blood are below).

Rising flood waters and massive destruction is preventing blood centers in Texas from being able to collect blood.  To ensure enough blood is available locally and for Texas, OneBlood is urging all eligible donors to donate blood as soon as possible. While all blood types are needed, there is an urgent call for O negative and O positive blood, as well as platelets and plasma donations.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), OneBlood and other blood centers are working with Blood Centers of America (BCA) and America’s Blood Centers to provide the blood that is needed.

For more information about the national effort for blood donations to assist Texas please refer to the press release from the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB).

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Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit oneblood.org. All donors receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening, plus a surprise gift.

One of three people will need blood in their lifetime. Blood that is donated today will likely be transfused within two to three days. The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant.

 

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