Santa Maria Blood Donors Help Save Lives

September 16, 2016
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Santa Maria Times

The city of Santa Maria organized a potentially lifesaving event Thursday.

City employees, residents and others boarded the United Blood Services bloodmobile to help their community by donating blood.

“Blood donation is a community responsibility. Donated blood can help a family member, a friend, a surgery patient, someone with cancer, a burn victim, or a newborn. Donating only takes a short time and is well worth it,” said Mark van de Kamp, city of Santa Maria spokesman and blood drive organizer.

The bloodmobile set its parking brake Thursday afternoon on South McClelland Street by the Paul Nelson Aquatics Center, directly across from the Santa Maria Public Library.

All blood donations were encouraged, but United Blood Services were especially seeking donors with Type O-negative blood. O-negative red cells can be transfused to anyone. In emergency situations, O-negative red blood cells are often used to help patients when there is no time to determine a patient’s own blood type.

Donors with Type AB, positive or negative, also are important blood types, officials said. Type AB plasma can be given to all patients, and is the only plasma used for trauma patients and neonatal babies.

According to blood donation professionals, about one in seven people entering a hospital need blood. More than 95 percent of Americans will have a relative or friend who will need blood and more than 75 percent of Americans reaching age 72 will require a blood transfusion sometime in their lifetimes. Nationwide, blood is needed every three seconds.

For more information or to schedule a blood donation, contact United Blood Services, 1770 S. Broadway in Santa Maria, at 928-2546 or ubsccinfo@bloodsystems.org.

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