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Blood Shortage Expected During Summer Months
Summer vacations and travel can contribute to less availability for people to give blood or platelets. However, patients don’t get a summer holiday or vacation from needing life-saving blood. The Red Cross relies on volunteer donors for the 15,000 blood donations needed every day to support patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive June 26-28, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Francis X. Knott Conference Center. Every participant will receive a meal coupon, parking pass and special gift from the Medical Center. More important, participants will take pride in knowing they saved up to three lives!
Individuals can make twice the difference by scheduling a double red cell blood donation. During a double red cell donation, a machine separates the red blood cells from other blood components and returns the remaining components back to the donor. By doing this, the machine is able to double the amount of red cells it would normally collect in a standard blood donation. Donors are actually donating two units of blood, instead of one, and saving twice the number of lives!
For more information or to schedule a life-saving donation, call 410-550-0289.
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