The Need for Blood is Constant

September 28, 2010

The American Red Cross is asking eligible donors to make blood donation a priority on their to-do list. The need for blood is constant, and each day in the Pacific Northwest, the agency must collect 1,000 units of blood to help supply the needs of hospital patients. Blood products are routinely transfused to those with cancer and other diseases, premature babies, organ transplant recipients, and accident and trauma victims. Additionally, the Red Cross stresses that our blood supply is a matter of preparedness, and in the event of a disaster or unexpected tragedy, the blood must be on the shelves before it is needed in order to help save lives.

The Red Cross asks donors who already have scheduled appointments to keep their commitment. “A blood donation appointment is much like an appointment with your dentist or doctor. Once a blood donor schedules an appointment we set a donor bed aside for them.” says Tim Lippert, donor recruitment manager. “Hospital patients across the country are in need of blood each day, and it makes a difference when donors do not hold their scheduled times. Now that parents have their children back in school and the vacation season has come to a close, we are hoping to see a change in our cancellation rates.”

If you want to join the cause, the Red Cross is conducting blood drives throughout Portland, Clark County, and Salem. You can find a drive near you and make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by scheduling an appointment online.

About the American Red Cross
The Red Cross provides nearly half of the nation’s blood supply (collecting more than six million units a year from volunteer donors) to patients in 3,000 hospitals around the country through its national network. Founded in 1949, the Pacific Northwest Regional Blood Services of the Red Cross strives to collect nearly 5,000 donations weekly to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients, and other ill or injured people who need transfusions. It serves more than 80 hospitals in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Call 1-800-RED CROSS or schedule your appointment online or sponsor a blood drive.