West High School to help Carter BloodCare save lives this fall
WEST, Texas (September 15, 2017) – Carter BloodCare has a mission that blood will be on the shelves for any patient that requires a transfusion, right when moments matter, right here in our community. Because of this, many volunteer blood donors give about an hour of their time and what some would call a priceless pint of blood, as regularly as they can. Some donate as often as every two months, as 56 days is the required minimum waiting period between whole blood donations. These heroic donors enable blood transfusions to save, enhance and lengthen the lives of hospital patients. Three lives are saved with each pint of whole blood donated, when that blood can be separated into the primary blood components transfused to patients: red cells, platelets and plasma.
West High School is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, September 26, at 1008 Jerry Mashek Drive in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Bill McDermott at (254) 981-2050.
September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. When red cells are sickle-shaped instead of round, they can clog blood flow, leading to severe pain crises as well as strokes. Patients with sickle cell disease can require monthly blood transfusions for life; and some of them are children. Carter BloodCare receives from 30 to 40 orders a week from hospitals requesting blood for sickle cell treatments. Please remember to give blood in September for these patients and others.
Remember to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water one to two hours before giving blood. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, feel well on the day of donation, and present a government-issued photo ID each time they give blood.
Potential blood donors may volunteer beginning at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds may give independently and there is no upper age limit for donating blood. For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.
About Carter BloodCare
Carter BloodCare is a community based, non-profit blood center that provides life-saving transfusion resources to more than 200 medical facilities in 50-plus counties of north, central and east Texas. The 501(c)(3) organization is one of the largest blood programs in Texas, delivering more than 300,000 blood products annually to meet patients’ treatment requirements. Carter BloodCare’s services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage and distribution of blood and blood products. The center is accredited by the AABB, including a laboratory with accreditation for molecular testing of red cell antigens. It is licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is a member of America’s Blood Centers.