Published: Wed, October 04, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Inland Northwest Blood Center in need of donations

Inland Northwest Blood Center in need of donations

The requested blood, particularly universal donor Type O-negative, will likely go to replenish regional reserves that are now headed to Las Vegas hospitals where victims were taken, said Kent Corley, a spokesman for Blood Centers of the Pacific.

Bonfils Blood Center had a steady flow of people coming forward. Also, the amount of blood needed in Las Vegas is unknown with such a high number of patients related to the shooting.

Blood products have a shelf life of 42 days for red blood cells and 5 days for platelets, therefore, United Blood Services is always in need of donations to replenish the supply, a release said.

(Central Coast, CA) - Our sister United Blood Services blood center in Las Vegas has provided almost 200 units of blood and blood products so far to area hospitals treating victims of the concert shooting last night.

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Early on, the call went out for anyone who wanted to help to donate blood at one of the valley's United Blood Services locations.

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"The only way that we can help other communities is if we are able to meet the needs of our communities first", she said.

Locally, we need approximately 200 units of blood each day so replenishing our depleted supply is important.

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"Just a reminder gay people are still not allowed to donate blood unless you're a homosexual who hasn't had sex in a year like Mike Pence", another wrote, acerbically.

The need for blood, she said, is constant.

Under current United States laws, as in many other countries, if you're a man who has sex with men (MSM), you can not donate blood unless you've abstained from sex for at least 12 months.

If you want to donate, the Inland Northwest Blood Center recommends you make an appointment ahead of time.

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