Blood donors needed to prevent critical shortage

December 16, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 16, 2014

Puget Sound Blood Center has issued an urgent appeal for people to donate blood this holiday season.

Although donations normally dip during holiday periods, the center is already experiencing critical shortages for some blood types.

There has been an acute shortage of platelets and O-negative red cells — the blood type that can be given to patients who have any other blood type. Although supplies of these components are especially low, donors of all blood types are needed between now and Jan. 5 to maintain a strong supply for patients in need throughout the holiday season.

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EFR hosts blood drive July 31

July 28, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 28, 2014

The Puget Sound Bloodmobile will be at Eastside Fire & Rescue’s administrative headquarters from 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. July 31 for people to donate blood.

The bloodmobile, which will be at 175 Newport Way N.W., will close from 1-2 p.m.

EFR is working with the Puget Sound Blood Center to increase awareness in the benefits of being a blood donor.

  • Goal — Puget Sound Blood Center needs to get their blood supply above four days and to keep it at that level.
  • Fact — Puget Sound Blood Center needs to meet this goal in order to stay above critical and emergency levels.

Sign-up and schedule a specific time by calling Jenny Oltmann, firefighter with EFR, at 206-949-8414, or emailing joltmann@esf-r.org.

Walk-ins will be accepted with priority given to appointments. Donors with appointments may experience shorter wait times.

Heat wave triggers blood shortage, donors needed now

July 27, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 27, 2014

Puget Sound Blood Center issued an appeal for donors after collections began to dip sharply as a result of the recent heat wave.

During that week, more than a half-dozen blood drives were suspended or cancelled as temperatures soared.

Drives disrupted by the heat wave typically take place in community centers or places of worship not equipped with air conditioning. It takes about 900 donors per day to maintain a sufficient blood supply for more than 80 hospitals in the Pacific Northwest served by center.

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Puget Sound Blood Center has emergency need for donations

January 25, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 25, 2014

Puget Sounds Blood Center released an emergency request for blood donations at its centers this weekend and into next week.

A multistate network outage is being cited as the cause.

“The network outage caused the loss of both telephone and computer connectivity for most PSBC locations, resulting in cancellation of scheduled blood drives and suspension of collections at all donor centers,” Dr. James AuBuchon, president and CEO of PSBC, said in a statement.

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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.

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Knights of Columbus hosts blood drive

September 10, 2013

The Knights of Columbus, Council 7907, of St. Joseph Church, will conduct a blood drive in coordination with the Puget Sound Blood Center on Sept. 20.

The drive is from 1-7 p.m. at the church, 220 Mountain Park Boulevard.

Email Ernie Linnemann at Heimlinn@aol.com to reserve a time or for more information.

Issaquah High School swimmer crosses Lake Washington for charity

September 4, 2012

Gabrielle Gevers, of Issaquah, recently completed the PSBC Swim for Life, a swim across Lake Washington.

The annual event attracts adventure athletes who are daring and fit enough to brave a 2 ½-mile paddle through the icy, dark waters of Lake Washington, and who are also raising money to help in the fight against leukemia and other life threatening diseases that require blood donations. The Swim for Life is a fundraiser for the Puget Sound Blood Center.

“It was the longest distance I have ever swum,” Gevers said. “I am a sprinter, so 2 ½ miles is really something for me. My dad and I swam it together, and my mom and brother Gentry kayaked with us as my support team.

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Region’s blood supply plummets 70 percent amid snowstorm

January 24, 2012

Puget Sound Blood Center issued a call for blood and platelets after donations plummeted 70 percent due to the snowstorm and icy road conditions.

The winter weather caused the cancellation of dozens of blood drives. The total loss of donations is expected to reach more than 2,000 units. Officials said the drop-off is the largest weather-related impact experienced by the Puget Sound Blood Center in many years.

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Region’s blood supply plummets 70 percent due to wintry conditions

January 19, 2012

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Jan. 19, 2012

Puget Sound Blood Center issued a call Thursday for blood and platelet donations after donations plummeted 70 percent due to the snowstorm and icy road conditions stymied donors.

The winter weather caused the cancellation of dozens of blood drives. The total loss of donations is expected to reach more than 2,000 units. Officials said the drop-off is the largest weather-related impact experienced by the Puget Sound Blood Center in many years.

“It takes about 900 donors per day to maintain a sufficient blood supply, but on Wednesday fewer than 150 donors were able to give,” Dr. James P. AuBuchon, Puget Sound Blood Center president and CEO, said in a statement. “But no matter what the weather is, the demand for blood continues: Patients are in hospitals for surgery, ERs are treating traumatic injuries, and people are needing cancer treatments or organ transplants.”

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Residents dig out from February snowstorm

March 1, 2011

Camden Jeske (left), 9, and his brother Mason, 6, try different strategies for a successful snowball fight with their dad Terry on Feb. 24 at their home south of downtown Issaquah. By Greg Farrar

Snowflakes, egged on by a relentless drumbeat from TV meteorologists, started to fall in Issaquah just as the afternoon commute started in earnest Feb. 22.

Unlike the pre-Thanksgiving snowstorm responsible for gridlock on roads and mass transit in Issaquah and throughout the region, planners said the late February snowfall did not cause quite so many headaches.

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