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#1 Aug 27, 2010
As the challenging summer months for blood collection comes to a close, Inova Blood Donor Services is urging the community to keep donating blood, especially before the Labor Day holiday when blood usage in local hospitals tends to spike.
On a daily basis there are any number of blood types that remain below the minimum required blood levels due to a drop in donations, most consistently O negative and single donor platelets. O negative is the universal blood type and is very often used for patients needing emergency blood transfusions, or whose blood types are unknown and is most commonly recognized for its benefit to babies. Platelets are vital for cancer patients, organ or bone marrow transplant patients and victims of traumatic injuries. With a shelf life of only 5 days, there is a consistent need for platelet donors.
As a special thank-you to those who help pump up the blood supply, Inova Blood Donor Services is giving a $10 gas card to all donors who complete the screening process through the end of August and Labor Day weekend. There are four conveniently located blood centers in Northern VA and blood drives throughout DC, MD and VA.
For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, visit inova.org/donateblood or call 1-866-BLOODSAVES (866-256-6372). Become a fan of Inova Blood Donor Services on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @InovaBlood for the latest information about events and giveaways.
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