Saturday, July 13, 2024

LifeShare Blood Center Urges Donations Amid Critical Summer Shortage

by BIZ Magazine

Shreveport, LA — LifeShare Blood Center is calling on the community to include blood donation in their summer plans as the need for blood products becomes more urgent. With an increased demand for blood historically observed in July, the center emphasizes the importance of contributions during this critical period.

According to a Pew Research Center analysis, July 4th and 5th are the busiest days of the year for U.S. hospital emergency rooms, seeing nearly 10,000 more patients than the average two-day span. The surge in patients is primarily attributed to injuries from fireworks, with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reporting that about one-third of these injuries are burns.

“Burn patients use lots of blood products over long periods of time, especially red blood cells and plasma due to the loss of red cells and clotting factors with these types of wounds,” said Dr. Tim Peterson, Medical Director for LifeShare Blood Center. “Plasma and red blood cells are needed to maintain an adequate oxygen supply by the patient as they recover.”

A single blood donation can impact up to three people, as most whole blood donations are separated into red cells, platelets, and plasma.

Unlike many life-saving medical treatments, blood cannot be manufactured or stockpiled. Red blood cells have a shelf life of just 42 days, and platelets only last for seven days. “We rely on each donation, each day, to meet the needs of our local patients and hospitals,” said Mandi Johnson, Director of Community Engagement at LifeShare Blood Center.

To address the summer shortage, LifeShare is hosting its annual United We Give campaign from July 1st to 5th. Each donor will receive a $10 gift card for lunch and a limited-edition t-shirt. The campaign aims to counteract the decrease in blood donors during the summer months, and LifeShare is pleased to partner with Raising Cane’s for this year’s initiative.

The call to action is clear: LifeShare Blood Center needs donations to ensure a stable blood supply for local hospitals and patients. Community members are encouraged to participate in the United We Give campaign and make a life-saving difference.

For more information on how to donate, visit LifeShare Blood Center’s website or contact your local donation center.

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