Cambridge Retirement Living to host Group Blood Drive – Information from Ellwood Metropolis, PA

Your blood can save the lives of up to three patients.

That is serious. There is a critical blood shortage and blood donations are distributed to hospital patients faster than the donors donate. These patients need help recruiting blood donors and bringing the blood supply back to adequate levels.

Join Cambridge Retirement Living’s Cambridge Pointe Community Blood Drive on Thursday, July 8, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Blood Mobile is located at 160 Chapel Road, Beaver, PA 15009.

To make an appointment, please visit www.vitalant.org and click the “Register” button. In the new window, select donor login (previous donor) or new donor (have never donated with Vitalant) and search with them
Group code W481 or call 412.209.7000 or 877.258.4825 or Rachel at 412.736.5506. It is mandatory to wear a mask and appointments are recommended.

When you donate Save Lives – Feed Families to this blood drive, a contribution will be made to the Salvation Army on your behalf to support up to 25 families in need. (Funded by the Blood Science Foundation) If you donate between June 30th and July 6th, you can receive a limited edition t-shirt! Donors receive a colorful summer t-shirt as a thank you for their help over the holidays.

To save time, fill out your medical history questionnaire online on the day of your donation. Go to www.vitalant.org, choose Donate, then Health History Questionnaire and start your questions.

“Vitalant currently has less than a four day supply of most blood types and less than a two day supply of blood type O,” said Rachel Bennett, Vitalant donor recruitment representative. “We strive to keep a four day supply in stock to meet the needs of patients every day and to be prepared for emergencies that would require significant amounts of donated blood products.

Type O is often used in trauma situations, especially Type O negative as it can be transfused to patients with any blood group in an emergency room.

Blood donations remained more than 4,000 below needs in May, while blood needs have increased. The cancellations of blood donation drives enforced by COVID-19 challenges continue to affect donation rates. In fact, anticipated unrecoverable donations from corporate blood donation cancellations hit a four-month high of more than 6,200 blood donations in June.

“This is why, in patient care for generous donors, it is so important to schedule an appointment now to donate at a donation center or other community blood drive in the coming days or weeks,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president of Donor Services and chief of Marketing.

“A decline in donations over any period is worrying, especially now when supplies are already in short supply,” said Ralph Vassallo, MD, Vitalant’s chief medical and scientific officer. “Blood and platelet donations are needed now and throughout the summer to avoid delays in life-saving patient care.”

Cambridge Retirement Living offers seniors an active lifestyle and supportive community in seven unique locations in rural Pennsylvania, including the Beaver, PA location. More information is available at http://www.cambridgeliving.org.

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