The American Red Cross is facing a looming shortage of blood and is calling on all eligible donors to give now to prevent an emergency situation. Overall blood donations in our region have been approximately 1,100 fewer per month in June and July this year than the previous 10 months of the year. When demand for blood begins to outpace donations, the Red Cross alerts donors to help restock the shelves.
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center will host a Red Cross blood drive August 24-26, 2015, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Francis X. Knott Conference Center. Every participant will receive a meal coupon, parking pass and special gift from the Medical Center. More important, participants will take pride in knowing they saved up to three lives!
You can make twice the difference by scheduling a double red cell blood donation. During a double red cell donation, a machine separates the red blood cells from other blood components and returns the remaining components back to the donor. By doing this, the machine is able to double the amount of red cells it would normally collect in a standard blood donation. Donors are actually donating two units of blood, instead of one and saving twice the number of lives!
For more information or to schedule a life-saving donation, call 410-550-0289.