|Urgent need for blood donors; Wauneta and Palisade Blood Drives approach|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 07 August 2014 15:57|
By Sheri Hink-Wagner
The Wauneta Breeze
The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors of all blood types to give before the Labor Day holiday.
Donations through the Red Cross have dropped approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross expects an emergency situation in the coming weeks.
With school starting back up and summer activities coming to an end, there is still time for eligible donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this summer.
Area donors have two opportunities to make a difference in someone’s life this month. There will be blood drives in both Wauneta and Palisade in the coming weeks.
The Palisade Blood Drive will be held Tuesday, Aug. 19 from noon to 6 p.m. CT at Mihm Hall. The Wauneta Blood Drive will be held Wednesday, Aug. 20 from noon to 6 p.m. MT at the American Legion Hall.
Double red donors sought
Donors at the Wauneta Blood Drive will have the opportunity to double their impact. The Red Cross will be sending two double reds machines to the Wauneta Blood Drive on Aug. 20. (Double reds machines will not be available at the Palisade Blood Drive.)
All donors with O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative blood are especially encouraged to make a double red cell donation.
Donors who make a double red cell donation can make twice the impact and help more patients in need.
Donors are eligible to make a double red cell donation if they have one of the needed blood types and their last whole blood donation was at least 56 days ago and their hemoglobin level is at least 13.3 on the day of the donation.
Double red donors must also meet height and weight requirements. Female donors must be at least 5-foot, 5-inches tall and weigh at least 150 pounds. Male donors must be at least 5-feet, 1-inch tall and weigh at least 130 pounds.
The Red Cross offers tips for a successful double red cell donation. First, donors are encouraged to eat a diet high in iron-rich foods for a few days prior to donating. They are also encouraged to drink an extra 16 ounces of water or non-caffeinated beverages prior to donating to ensure they are well-hydrated.
Double red cell donors are also encouraged to allow a little extra time for the donation. Double red cell donation takes about 20-30 minutes longer than a regular blood donation.
Who can give
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.
Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Download the parental consent form at redcrossblood.org/sites/arc/files/regulated/bioarch_parental_consent_packet_english_mad_0418.pdf.
High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Schedule an appointment
It’s important that as many people as possible roll up their sleeves and give blood during this end of summer initative. To schedule an appointment for the Palisade Blood Drive call Pearl Andrews at (308) 285-3591. Wauneta Blood Drive donors can call Lana Skelton at (308) 394-5280 to schedule an appointment.
Walk-ins are welcome at both locations.
Appointments may also be set with the Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visiting redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.