Blood donation matters

How much blood is needed by certain patients? Here are some facts from the LifeServe Blood Center.

·Cancer patients can use up to eight units of blood a month.
·Bone Marrow Transplant patients can use up to two units a day.
·Cardiovascular Surgery patient can use between two and 25 units.
·Liver Transplant patients can use up to 100 units.
·Auto/Trauma Accident patients can use anywhere from five to 100 units.
·Premature infants can use up to one to four units.
·Burn victims case use up to 20 units of platelets.
· Heart surgery patients can use three to eight units of red cells and one to 10 units of platelets.
· Organ transplant patients can use 10-30 units of blood.

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Thursday, November 2 from 12:30-5 p.m. The blood drive will be held at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.

Regular blood donors may donate blood as often as every 56 days. First-time donors will find that donating blood is a safe and easy way to save lives and make a difference in the community.  One single blood donation can save the lives of up to three sick or injured hospital patients.

The blood that is collected is tested carefully. In fact, all blood that is collected by any blood collection center is tested the same, according to the federal regulations.

To help maintain Iowa’s blood supply, donate at the Waukon Community Blood Drive, Thursday, November 2 at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Appointments are encouraged and walk-ins can only be accepted as the schedule permits. To schedule and appointment, call the LifeServe Blood Center at 800-287-4903.

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