Thursday, April 7, 2011

Blood Donors Can Get (Most Of) Their Blood Back

Heartland Blood Centers is asking blood donors to give either life-saving blood or platelets this month. Platelets?  They're the little thingies that make blood clot so you don't bleed from a scratch until you're empty and dead.  Through the wonders of modern technology, donors can give just those and get the rest of their blood back again. Say, for instance, at three blood drives in the area this month.

Car accident and trauma victims need as many as 50 or more red cell transfusions, and burn victims can use up to 50 platelet transfusions.   Platelets help blood to clot and give those with leukemia and other cancers a chance to live.  Plasma helps maintain blood pressure, carries blood cells, nutrients, and supplies critical proteins for blood clotting and immunity.

National Donate Life Month, April, was established in 2003 to raise public awareness of the critical need for organ, tissue, marrow, and blood donation.  This year alone, Heartland Blood Centers will need to collect 166,700 blood products to support their member hospitals.

Heartland's bloodmobiles will be at Meadowview Lodge, Sun City, in Huntley April 22 from 9 am to 1 pm and at Faith Community Church, Huntley, April 24 from 8 am to Noon.  Lifesource, the other blood agency that serves the area, will have a bloodmobile at Dundee Crown High School, om C'ville April 25 from 2 to 8 pm.

Donors can schedule donations at blood drives or at the groups' storefront offices at:

In the pic:  Platelets, AKA thrombocytes.  Too few is hemophilia.  Too many is a higher risk of stroke.  Try to have just enough.

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