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Blood Donors Needed at Oboler Library

by Laura Gleason on 2022-08-15T12:04:00-06:00 in Public Health | Comments

A healthcare provider checking the vitals of a patient.

Sign up to donate with the American Red Cross at the front desk of the Oboler Library or online. Search the online registration link using the 83209 zip code.

Donate at Oboler Library

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

850 S 9th Street, Pocatello, ID 83209

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Here are just a few of their stories. - How Blood Donations Help Patients

"The Red Cross provides about 40% of our nation’s blood and blood components, all from generous volunteer donors. But supply can’t always meet demand because only about 3% of age-eligible people donate blood yearly. Each new donor helps us meet patient needs.

"Each year, an estimated 6.8 million people in the U.S. donate blood. 13.6 million whole blood and red blood cells are collected in the U.S. in a year. About 45% of people in the U.S. have Group O (positive or negative) blood; the proportion is higher among Hispanics (57%) and African Americans (51%). Type O negative red cells can be given to patients of all blood types. Because only 7% of people in the U.S. are type O negative, it’s always in great demand and often in short supply.  Type AB positive plasma can be transfused to patients of all blood types. Since only 3% of people in the U.S. have AB positive blood, this plasma is usually in short supply. Red blood cells must be used within 42 days (or less). Platelets must be used within just 5 days." - Blood Supply Statistics

If you have questions about donating, the American Red Cross has a webpage devoted to answering concerns or reach them by phone at 1-800-733-2767.

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