Allina Clinic in FL hosts blood drive on June 29

Donors for O negative, positive, B negative, A negative urgently needed

 

Allina Medical Clinic, 1540 S. Lake St., will host a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Friday, June 29.

The blood drive will take place in the parking lot of the clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for types O negative and positive, B negative and A negative blood donations right now:

According to the Red Cross, blood donations are down in the first five months of 2012 compared to the same period last year. And, there is only about half the amount of readily available blood in the Red Cross inventory at this time.

The declining inventory of available blood products is most significant for types O negative and positive, B negative and A negative blood – the blood types most in demand because they can be potentially transfused to Rh positive and negative patients.

Certain times of the year – typically summer and around holidays – present unique challenges to ensuring an adequate blood supply. Summer vacations and activities fill regular donors’ schedules, leaving less time to donate. But patients can’t take a summer break from needing blood.

Blood Facts

•Each day an average of 44,000 pints of blood are needed in the United States.

•That blood can only come from generous volunteer donors.

•In 2012 alone, nearly 6 million people across America may require a blood transfusion. With no substitute for human blood, those in need rely on the kindness of donors. Through their generous actions, these blood donors prove how one person can make a difference in the lives of many, as one blood donation can help save more than one life.

•Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

•Eligible donors can call 651-241-154, which is a direct line to the Allina Medical Clinic in Forest Lake, or go online to redcrossblood.org for more information and to make a blood donation appointment at the Forest Lake blood drive on June 29.

Walk-ins who do not have an appointment can be accepted on June 29th, as well, but appointments are encouraged.

Donors for
O negative, positive,
B negative, A negative
urgently needed

Allina Medical Clinic, 1540 S. Lake St., will host a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Friday, June 29.

The blood drive will take place in the parking lot of the clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for types O negative and positive, B negative and A negative blood donations right now:

According to the Red Cross, blood donations are down in the first five months of 2012 compared to the same period last year. And, there is only about half the amount of readily available blood in the Red Cross inventory at this time.

The declining inventory of available blood products is most significant for types O negative and positive, B negative and A negative blood – the blood types most in demand because they can be potentially transfused to Rh positive and negative patients.

Certain times of the year – typically summer and around holidays – present unique challenges to ensuring an adequate blood supply. Summer vacations and activities fill regular donors’ schedules, leaving less time to donate. But patients can’t take a summer break from needing blood.

Blood Facts

•Each day an average of 44,000 pints of blood are needed in the United States.

•That blood can only come from generous volunteer donors.

•In 2012 alone, nearly 6 million people across America may require a blood transfusion. With no substitute for human blood, those in need rely on the kindness of donors. Through their generous actions, these blood donors prove how one person can make a difference in the lives of many, as one blood donation can help save more than one life.

•Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

•Eligible donors can call 651-241-154, which is a direct line to the Allina Medical Clinic in Forest Lake, or go online to redcrossblood.org for more information and to make a blood donation appointment at the Forest Lake blood drive on June 29.

Walk-ins who do not have an appointment can be accepted on June 29th, as well, but appointments are encouraged.

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