“Patients need you! Vitalant is facing a blood emergency as donated blood is going out to hospitals faster than donors are coming in, causing the blood supply to sink to its lowest level in a year. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially type O and platelet donors. Loveland will be hosting a blood drive from 10AM – 2 PM in the Upper Ridge Room on Monday, April 8th.”

If you aren’t too squeamish about needles and love to ski, you should head on down Loveland Ski Area next Monday, April 8th and donate some blood. All donors will receive one free lift ticket to Loveland good for this season and the next. According to The Red Cross, every day blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer (every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood). Its a super important component of lifesaving care and it all starts with generous folks like you making donations. SIGN UP HERE!

Facts About Blood Needs

  • Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood and or platelets. 
  • Approximately 29,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U. S. 
  • Nearly 5,000 units of platelets and 6.500 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S. 
  • Nearly 16 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
  • Sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require blood transfusions throughout their lives.
  • The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 units.
  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood.
  • Blood and platelets cannot be manufactured; they can only come from volunteer donors.
  • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.
  • One donation can help save more than one life.
  • According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.9 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2023. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment

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