AEMTA Conference Attendees Sign Up to Give the Gift of Life

August 1, 2010

 AEMTA Conference Attendees Sign Up to Give the Gift of Life  Summer is a critical time for the nation’s blood supply.   eather extremes, closed schools, summer vacations and family activities all combine to impact attendance at blood drives.  Supplies are dropping and Arkansas’ EMT community will attempt to bolster the blood supply by partnering with the American Red Cross during the 2010 Arkansas Emergency Medical Technician Association (AEMTA) conference, Hot Springs, AR, August 5th – 7th.  VENDOR HALL, Hot Springs Convention Center.  These vital responders are often our life saving connection between an accident or illness, and advanced hospital care.  Ensuring that the best possible initial treatment is available saves lives.   Just as important to your treatment as a cardiac monitor or a defibrillator is the availability of blood whenever and wherever it is needed.    Blood has to be available around the clock.  It takes up to 72 hours to process a donated unit from time of donation to hospital distribution.  Keeping a ready supply saves lives.  No one understands this need more than our Emergency Medical community. The American Red Cross greatly appreciates this showing of support and the opportunity it provides to better educate our communities about the constant need.  Even if there is no major disaster; surgery patients, premature babies, people with certain types of cancer and many others still need blood. 

 “This effort has grown into more than just a blood drive,” said Norajean Miles-Harrell, AEMTA  2010 Conference Committee  coordinator. “It is a visible opportunity for our membership to further show their civic pride, community spirit  and their daily commitment to help those in need.  Each blood donation can help up to three people, and when you add up those numbers that’s a lot of critical need that will be met by the AEMTA blood drive.”

 “Historically, blood donations fall short during the summer months, said Randy Stribling of the American Red Cross.”  “We would like to encourage everyone to come out in support of the 2010 AEMTA Convention Blood Drive.”  “We know our EMT’s are true heroes and this wonderful showing is just further proof of how important they are to us every day”, said Stribling.

 How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to for more information or to schedule a

blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate

blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at

check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17

years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to

donors younger than 19. Visit to learn more.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters;

supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international

humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable

organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the

American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join

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