Holiday donations urged to prevent blood shortage
December 17, 2013
The Puget Sound Blood Center has issued an urgent appeal for blood donors to take just one hour between now and Jan. 5 to give blood.
The number of people visiting donation centers and mobile drives goes down by 30 percent or more during the holiday season — with high schools and colleges on break, and people busy with vacations, family gatherings and social events.
The blood center needs to collect about 900 donations every weekday to ensure a stable supply of blood components for the 75 hospitals and clinics it serves in the region. The demand for blood components is continuous: Patients in hospitals are still undergoing surgeries, ERs are treating traumatic injuries, people are receiving treatments for cancer and surgeons are performing organ transplants — all depend on the blood supply to be there.
There is a specific need for O-negative blood donors, universal donors whose blood can be given to patients with any other blood type.
People can go to one of 11 donor centers in Western Washington. The closest to Issaquah is at the Bellevue Center, 1021 112th Ave. N.E. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can be made online at schedule.psbc.org or by calling 1-800-398-7888 toll free.