BloodSource needs healthy donors
BloodSource recently announced that cold and flu season – including respiratory illnesses and H1N1 – are impacting blood collections in Northern and Central California. BloodSource is requesting that healthy and eligible blood donors donate blood today or in the very near future. BloodSource provides blood and services to more than 40 hospitals in a 26-county region.
“Local cases of influenza and other upper respiratory tract infections have increased in numbers so rapidly during the past several weeks that we have seen a substantial negative impact on blood donors,” said Christopher Gresens, M.D., BloodSource Senior Medical Officer and VP Global Medicine. “As a result, we recently have found it especially difficult to collect sufficient quantities of blood for the patients we serve. That’s why we ask all healthy individuals who can donate blood to donate now.”
“This flu season has been particularly hard-hitting,” added Dr. Olivia Kasirye, Sacramento County Public Health Officer. “We echo the request of BloodSource for healthy and eligible blood donors to donate today. It is critically important to have an adequate blood supply to meet patient needs.”
The need for blood is constant: patients in cancer treatment, receiving heart surgeries, injured in traumatic accidents, or recovering from burns need blood. BloodSource asks blood donors to donate what they can give. Call (866) 822-5663 or visit bloodsource.org to make an appointment to donate blood or to learn more about eligibility for different types of blood donation — whole blood (red cells), platelets or plasma