Blood donations needed statewide
Fri, Jan 29, 2016
Life-saving blood donations typically drop sharply during the winter. It’s a challenge that has blood organizations across Wisconsin seeking ways to encourage a turnaround.
According to reporter Sari Lesk of USA Today Network-Wisconsin, organizations that hold blood drives in Wisconsin are looking for more people to make donations this winter.
Dr. Peter Johnson of Aurora BayCare is a strong proponent of blood donations. As a gynecological surgeon, he occasionally uses donated blood during surgical procedures. He recently issued a plea for increased donations.
“The lowest point of the year for blood donations is right now. And it’s the time when we need them the most,” he said. “The winter months are challenging as donations take a dip in correlation to holiday schedules, flu season, and people traveling for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and more. We need the public’s help.”
The American Red Cross offers information about blood donations. According to the organization:
- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood
- Approximately 41,000 blood donations are needed every day
- Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
- The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O
- A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood
“I would recommend that everyone that wants to do this goes in and donates because we really need these donations this time of year,” Johnson said. “Think of the people you’ll help. This might save a life.”