Blood shortages leads to BloodCenter of Wisconsin extended hours

blood-center-logoThe BloodCenter of Wisconsin has made the following announcement  about an urgent need for blood donations:

Due to a critical shortage, BloodCenter of Wisconsin is issuing an emergency for blood donations. All blood types are needed to replenish low supplies. Over the Labor Day weekend and the subsequent weeks, BloodCenter has seen significantly fewer donors per day than needed. As a result of this decline, an additional 1,000 donors are needed from the communities on which BloodCenter relies. While our hospitals have an adequate supply at this time, BloodCenter has less than a one-day supply of some critical blood types, such as O negative. We must ensure an adequate supply of all blood types moving forward. We encourage community members to schedule an appointment by calling 1-877-BE-A-HERO (1-877-232-4376), or visiting www.bcw.edu/appt or m.bcw.edu on a mobile device. Because of this critical need, BloodCenter is extending the hours at several donor center locations. Locations that will be open until 8 p.m. from Monday, Sept. 16 through Wednesday, Sept. 18 include:

  •  Kenosha, 8064 39th Ave.
  •  Racine, 1120 S. Sunnyslope Rd.

Appointments are encouraged to make a donation as efficiently as possible; however, donors are welcome to walk in to any of BloodCenter’s donor center locations. People with O-negative blood are especially encouraged to donate. They are universal donors, meaning their red blood cells can be transfused to patients of any blood type. There is also a critical need for platelets. They are important to restore needed blood cells in cancer patients, and are also used to help trauma patients recover from life-threatening injuries. Anyone 16 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. The entire process takes only an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes birth date. Donors are giving a life-saving gift to children and adults who are seriously injured, facing surgery or being treated for cancer. Just one hour of a donor’s time can save the lives of up to three patients in need. BloodCenter of Wisconsin is a not-for-profit organization that specializes in blood services, organ, tissue and marrow donation, diagnostic testing, medical services and leading-edge research. BloodCenter of Wisconsin is the only provider of blood to hospitals in 29 Wisconsin counties as well as providing support to hospitals and patients across the country. BloodCenter of Wisconsin advances patient care by delivering life-saving solutions grounded in unparalleled medical and scientific expertise. For more information, visit www.bcw.edu.

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