Upcoming blood drives in VOC

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. Whether a patient receives whole blood, red cells, platelets or plasma, this lifesaving care starts with one person making a generous donation. 

People with type O blood - both positive (+) and negative (-), along with those with A- and B- are eligible to make Power Red donations. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red cells. This type of donation uses an automated process that separates red blood cells from the other blood components, and then safely and comfortably returns the plasma and platelets to the donor. Red cells from a Power Red donation are typically given to trauma patients, emergency transfusions to newborns during birth, people with sickle cell anemia, and anyone suffering blood loss or needing transfusions as part of their care.

To donate Whole Blood or Power Red at an upcoming drive go to redcross.org/blood and enter the ZIP code of where you’d like to donate. Choose the date and location that works best for you. Once you click on “See Times” you will have the option to sign up for either ‘Blood’ or ‘Power Red’. If you don’t know your blood type, no worries. Schedule to donate Blood. After your donation is processed, your blood type will show on your Red Cross donor account. If you have A-, B-, O+ or O-, you can then consider donating Power Red at future drives.

Currently scheduled drives in the Village of Oak Creek are: Wednesday, Oct. 11 – Sedona Winds Assisted Living; and Tuesday, Oct. 17 – Oak Creek Country Club. Check online for newly added drives.

Currently scheduled drive in West Sedona is: Wednesday, Oct. 18 – Sedona Public Library. Check online for newly added drives.

For additional information contact the Yavapai County Bio-Med Volunteer Lead, Janet Dubiel, at janet.dubiel@redcross.org

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