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Give blood with the American Red Cross during Trauma Awareness Month

Help save trauma patient lives by giving blood

Red Cross urges blood and platelet donation during Trauma Awareness Month

COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 20, 2017) —  During Trauma Awareness Month in May, the American Red Cross urges the community to help ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients with traumatic injuries and other serious medical needs by donating blood or platelets.

 

According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions in the U.S. annually.

 

“A single car accident victim can need as many as 100 units of blood,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for Red Cross Blood Services Central Ohio Region. “In trauma situations, when there’s no time to check a patient’s blood type, emergency personnel reach for type O negative red blood cells and type AB plasma.”

 

O negative red blood cells and AB plasma can be transfused into any patient, regardless of blood type, making donors with these universal blood types an important part of the Red Cross trauma team. Less than 7 percent of the population has type O negative blood, and only about 4 percent of the population has type AB blood.

 

Platelets may also be needed to help with clotting in cases of massive bleeding. Because platelets must be transfused within five days of donation, there is a constant – often critical – need to keep up with hospital demand.

 

“As a trauma surgeon, I know that a readily available blood supply can mean the difference between life and death for patients in the most serious situations,” said Dr. Gregory J. Jurkovich, board chair, National Trauma Institute; fellow, American College of Surgeons; and professor and vice chairman, Department of Surgery, University of California Davis Health. “Blood products can only be provided by generous donors, so I urge you to roll up a sleeve and help save lives.”

 

In 1999, donated blood helped save the life of high school student Michael Harper of Zanesville after a severe auto accident. He suffered injuries to his head, arm, leg, wrist and pelvis, plus experienced kidney failure and respiratory distress. He needed more than 60 units of blood immediately to save his life. After many following surgeries, Michael needed more than 300 units of blood in total.

 

Today Michael is thrilled he was able to survive and go on to marry, have three children, and become a math teacher and coach. “Blood donations helped save my life,” said Michael. “Blood is a resource that must be offered out of care for others. It is safe and quick to give and a gift worth giving!”

 

Blood and platelet donors of all types are currently needed. When you come to give in Central Ohio Region you will receive a buy one get one free entry coupon to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Those who come to donate blood or platelets by May 14 will have a chance to win one of three $1,000 gift card shopping sprees from GiftCertificates.com. Donation appointments can be scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Athens County

Albany

5/10/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Alexander High School, Alexander High School, 6125 School Rd.

Athens

5/11/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May St.

5/23/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Appalachian Health Care, 100 Hospital Drive

5/23/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Athens Recreation Center, 701 E. State Street

5/28/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Kroger - Athens, 919 E. State St.

Glouster

5/3/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Trimble Elementary, Rt. 3, 18500 Jacksonville Rd

Nelsonville

5/8/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Nelsonville Wesleyan Church, 601 Chestnut St.

5/16/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tri-County JVS, 15676 State Rt. 691

The Plains

5/2/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Athens High School, One High School Rd.

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Coshocton County

Coshocton

5/5/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Coshocton Regional Medical Center, 1460 Orange Street

5/10/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Hopewell Industries, 637 Chestnut St

Walhonding

5/15/2017: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., New Castle Church, 32421 US RT 36

Warsaw

5/17/2017: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., River View High School, 26496 State Route 60 North

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Fairfield County

Bremen

5/10/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bremen Elementary, 210 Strayer Ave

5/23/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bremen United Methodist Church, 205 Walnut St

Lancaster

5/1/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

5/2/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

5/4/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

5/6/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lancaster Vineyard Church, 431 Whiley Rd. S.W.

5/12/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fairfield Christian Academy, 1965 N. Columbus St.

5/20/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. Bernadette School, 1325 Wheeling Rd NE

5/27/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Pleasant Township Fire Dept., 2925 Lancaster Thornville Road NE

Lithopolis

5/13/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Lithopolis United Methodist Church, 80 N. Market Street

Pickerington

5/3/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Fairfield Elem/Harmon Middle School, 12410 Harmon Road

5/20/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Coldwell Banker King Thompson, 176 Clint Drive

5/22/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., American Legion Post 283, 7725 Refugee Rd. N.W.

5/24/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1045 Hill Road

5/26/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Marcus Theatre, 1776 Hill Rd North

Sugar Grove

5/30/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hide A Way Hills Club, 29042 Hide-A-Way Hills Rd

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Fayette County

Jeffersonville

5/16/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Stage Stores Inc., 150 State Street

Washington CH

5/3/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Signature Healthcare of Fayette County, 375 Glenn Ave.

Washington Court House

5/8/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crossroads Christian Church, 175 Halliday Way

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Guernsey County

Byesville

5/4/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Meadowbrook High School, 58615 Marietta Road

Cambridge

5/2/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

5/2/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

5/5/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., High School, 1401 Deerpath Drive

5/5/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Center, 1022 Carlisle Ave

5/16/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Guernsey County Department of Job & Family Services, 324 Highland Ave

Quaker City

5/1/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Quaker City Community, 126 Fair Street

Senecaville

5/4/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Senecaville Community Blood Drive, Robert T Secrest Senior Center, 201 High Street

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Highland County

Greenfield

5/17/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Area Life Squad, 640 North Washington St.

5/25/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hearth & Care Rehabilitation & Nursing, 238 S. Washington St.

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Hocking County

Logan

5/9/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 258 E. Hunter St

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Licking County

Granville

5/18/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., The United Church of Granville, 115 West Broadway

5/19/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Granville Rotary Club, 484 South Main Street

5/24/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., RevLocal, 4009 Columbus Road

5/30/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., SAS Studio, 905 River Rd

Heath

5/2/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Indian Mound Mall, 771 S. 30th St

Hebron

5/11/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Village of Hebron Offices, 934 W. Main Street

Newark

5/2/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

5/5/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

5/7/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Highwater Church, 1213 Dutch Lane Road

5/9/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

5/12/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

5/16/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking County Administration Building, 20 South 2nd Street

5/16/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

5/19/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

5/23/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

5/24/2017: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 West Main Street

5/26/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

5/30/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

Pataskala

5/15/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Tri Village Christian Church, 7509 E. Broad St SW

5/26/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Nutcracker Family Restaurant, 63 E Broad St

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Madison County

London

5/19/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., St. Patrick School, 226 Elm Street

5/21/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 211 Garfield Ave

5/30/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity Hall, 8530 Lilly-Chapel, Georgesville Rd SE

Plain City

5/18/2017: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Haven Fellowship Church, 7730 Converse-Huff Road

W Jefferson

5/18/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Krazy Glue Co., 1450 West Main St.

West Jefferson

5/26/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Battelle, St. Route 142

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Morgan County

Chesterhill

5/31/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Chesterhill Volunteer Fire Department, 1455 State Route 555

McConnelsville

5/31/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Little Deli Dog, 3960 State Route 60

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Muskingum County

Adamsville

5/22/2017: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Adamsville Community Center, 8200 Madison Road

Duncan Falls

5/31/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Duncan Falls - Philo Lions Club, Wayne Township Hall, 216 Bridge Street

Frazeysburg

5/17/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Frazeysburg Elementary, 120 East 3rd Street

New Concord

5/5/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Rix Mills Presbyterian Church, 2770 Rix Mills Road

Zanesville

5/3/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Foxfire High School, 2805 Pinkerton Road

5/8/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

5/13/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Unity Church of the Nazarene, 3095 Maysville Pike

5/20/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., North Terrace Church of Christ, 1420 Brandywine Blvd

5/22/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

5/25/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Genesis Hospital, 2950 Maple Ave

5/26/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Colony Square Mall, 3575 Maple Avenue

5/27/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., South Zanesville UMC, 53 E Main St

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Perry County

Corning

5/11/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Miller High School, 10397 St. Rt. 155 S.E.

Crooksville

5/11/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Crooksville Elementary School, 4065 School Rd

Junction City

5/20/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., American Legion Hall, 110 Logan St.

New Lexington

5/19/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., New Lexington Elementary, 2550 Panther Dr.

New Straitsville

5/23/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., New Straitsville United Methodist Church, 101 Clark St.

Thornville

5/22/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sheridan High School, 8725 Sheridan Road

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Pickaway County

Ashville

5/10/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Aleris Rolled Product, 1 Reynolds Road

Circleville

5/17/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

5/18/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 200 E. High St.

5/25/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Berger Hospital, 600 N. Pickaway Street

5/30/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Pickaway County District Public Library, 1160 North Court Street

Orient

5/31/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Berger Medical Center, 9085 Southern Street

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Ross County

Bainbridge

5/4/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Paint Valley High School, 7454 U.S. Route 50

Chillicothe

5/6/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Pickaway Ross Career and Technology Center, 895 Crouse Chapel Road

5/12/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Huntington High School, 188 Huntsmen Road

5/21/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Adena Regional Medical Center, Rt. 23(272 Hospital Rd.)

5/24/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ross County Service Center, 475 Western Avenue

5/26/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Law Enforcement Complex, Ross C. Law Complex, 28 N. Paint St.

5/26/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

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Tuscarawas County

Newcomerstown

5/10/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 121 South College Street

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Vinton County

Mc Arthur

5/10/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., VFW Post 5299, 401 Veterans Memorial Drive

 

How to help

Eligible donors can learn more, find a donation opportunity and schedule an appointment by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally 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.

Blood donors can save time at their donation appointment by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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