AMMC and the American Red Cross Host Blood Drive
January 27, 2011
Arkansas Methodist Medical Center and the American Red Cross are sponsoring a blood drive on Monday, February 14, 2011 from 12:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. in the AMMC Professional Office Building Auditorium. The blood drive scheduled for Thursday, February 10 had to be cancelled because of the winter weather.
According to the Red Cross, every two seconds a patient in the United States needs a blood transfusion. The need for blood is constant. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days. There is a critical need for donors now because severe winter weather throughout much of the United States has caused the cancellation of more than 28,000 blood and platelet donations since January 1. All blood types are needed, but O negative donors can make the difference between an adequate blood supply and a shortage.
To give blood for transfusion to another person, you must be healthy, be at least 17 years old or 16 years old if allowed by state law (includes Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee). You must weigh at least 110 pounds, and not have donated whole blood in the last 8 weeks (56 days) or double red cells in the last 16 weeks (112 days). "Healthy" means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, "healthy" also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control. Each person who donates at the February blood drive will receive a short sleeve white American Red Cross ‘Rock and Roll Up Your Sleeves’ t-shirt.