Red Cross urges blood donations to help trauma patients
Submitted by Samantha Pollard
There’s no way to predict when or where an accident will happen. That’s why the American Red Cross needs donors to give blood during Trauma Awareness Month this May and throughout the year to help ensure that trauma centers are prepared the moment an injured patient arrives.
In December 2017, Jeff Gosliga was rushed to the hospital following a car accident. To treat his serious injuries, he needed 11 units of blood – about the amount of blood in an average adult’s body.
“I never had reason to think a lot about blood, where it came from or how it arrived at hospitals; my accident changed all of that,” Gosliga said. “It was touch-and-go for a while, and because the blood that I needed was available, I’m here today. I am so grateful to all of the volunteer blood donors who give of themselves so generously. I will never forget them or take blood donation for granted again.”
Upcoming Blood Donation opportunities
Nemaha County: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Nemaha Valley Community Hospital, 1600 Community Drive in Seneca.
Marshall County: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday, May 20, at American Legion Hall, 310 N. 19th Street in Marysville; Noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Presbyterian Church, at 508 N. Kansas in Frankfort.
How to Help
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-733-2767 to make an appointment or for more information.
Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.