Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 | 6:09 p.m.
United Blood Services reported on Monday that it is able to meet the blood needs of victims of the concert shooting for now and is asking donors to make appointments in the coming weeks.
United Blood Services, which sent more than 200 units of blood and blood components to support the transfusion needs of these patients on Monday, is in close communication with area hospitals and stands ready to supply additional blood products as they are requested, a spokesman said.
“While we are in awe of the incredible outpouring of support from the hundreds of local residents and from those across the country, it’s important to note that in any situation where blood transfusions are needed, it’s the blood already on the shelf that saves lives,” the spokesman said. “We understand that people want to come forward now to show their support, however, to effectively manage the blood supply for patients, we are asking donors to make appointments to give blood throughout the coming weeks.”
Blood products have a limited shelf life — 42 days for red blood cells and just five days for platelets and must therefore be constantly replenished.
Donors are encouraged to schedule a donation appointment by calling 877-UBS-HERO (877-827-4376) or by visiting bloodhero.com.
Because of the overwhelming response, donors may experience extended wait times when scheduling appointments by phone or online.
United Blood Services, a Blood Systems blood center, is part of a multistate system of blood centers. This network works moves lifesaving donations throughout the system to help ensure blood is available when and where it’s needed most.
Individuals who are as young as 16 years of age (with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood.