Donate blood for Boston

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 6:09pm

In light of the tragedy in Boston, the nation’s blood supply has experienced high usage and requires additional donations. LifeShare Blood Centers is asking the community to give blood so that blood needs are met, both locally and nationally during this critical time.

Blood banks supporting the hospitals local to Boston, Mass. put out a request to other blood centers to aid in replacing the units of blood used in this tragedy, and to help them further prepare for medical needs. Blood centers throughout the U.S. work through resource sharing, particularly during times of disaster, to ensure blood is available for the victims and to replenish the supply.

Landers Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep in Bossier City is stepping up to that challenge Saturday, April 20, holding a mobile blood drive at their dealership at 2701 Benton Road in Bossier City from 11am until 3 pm.

Blood takes a minimum of 24 hours to be tested and processed before it is available for use. Trauma needs, such as the bombing in Boston, typically use a high volume of O negative blood very quickly. In addition to immediate trauma needs, often victims require more surgeries and blood usage.

“The blood donated locally with LifeShare will be available to help replenish the blood supply in Boston after our local needs are met. Being a community blood center, we must continue to be prepared for the blood requirements for medical needs in our community. This month, the local blood supply has been at a minimal level. In order to support the needs around the Boston area, we need additional blood donors and donations to ensure the local supply doesn’t fall to a critical level,” says Tina Hooper, spokesperson for LifeShare Blood Centers.

For center hours, to locate a convenient mobile blood drive, or to make a donation appointment, go to www.lifeshare.org or call the LifeShare location nearest you:

Bossier City (318) 742-4636 or toll-free (877) 256-4115

      M/W/F 8am to 4:30pm

      T/TH 11am to 7pm

      SAT 8:30am to 3pm

Shreveport (318) 673-1471 or toll-free (800) 256-4483

    M/W/F 8am to 4:30pm

    T/TH 11am to 7pm

 

Texarkana (903) 794-3173 or toll-free (800) 264-5456

     M/W/F 8am to 4pm

     T/TH 10am to 5:30pm

     SAT 8am to 1pm

Individuals receive a mini-physical prior to the donation procedure, including a check of temperature, pulse, blood pressure and iron level. Potential donors must be age 16 or older, meet height and weight requirements feel well and healthy at the time of donation, eat a good meal and increase fluid intake prior to donation. 16-year-olds must present written parent or guardian permission to donate. Donors will be asked to present identification. For more information and to schedule a blood donation or blood drive, please call your nearest LifeShare Blood Centers location.

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