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Uptick in people wanting to donate blood at American Red Cross

05 Octubre 2017, 10:41 | Martinez Canez

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David Becker via Getty Images

The blood bank near the UMC Trauma Center, where medical staff members have been working tirelessly to tend to the injured, has organized a pop-up center to accommodate the large number of blood donations. After the shooting, Las Vegas authorities called for people to donate, and the city instantly responded.

Hundreds lined up at United Blood Services donor centers in Las Vegas to give blood after the tragedy. Because blood has a limited shelf life of only 42 days, we must carefully control the amount of donations we receive at one time.

"Yes, from the standpoint that lots of O-negative blood was/is needed for gunshot victims and that it needs to then be replaced for everyone else having emergency needs", Corley said in an email.

"We are already seeing a tremendous outpouring of support both here in Colorado and across the country", said Liz Lambert, a Bonfils spokesperson.

That's according to supervisors at two local blood banks, who say they'd prefer to see donations spread out during the year instead of en masse immediately after a disaster or tragedy.

"The blood may not actually be going to help patients in Las Vegas, but I can guarantee you it's going to be helping somebody here in the Tri-State", said Alecia Lipton, with Hoxworth.

The Community Blood Center supplies blood to about 55 local hospitals. "The line to donate blood is out the door at United Blood Service".

Kelly Sopczynski, with Michigan Blood, said even though they are not sending extra blood to Las Vegas, it is always needed in Mid-Michigan.

You can donate one pint of blood every eight weeks, and no appointment is necessary. More information is available at Bonfils.org. Some donors have been coming in with boxes of donuts and water for other donors.



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