BloodSource Calls For Donors In Wake Of Las Vegas Shooting

Caption + Two men went to the Bonfils Blood Center in Colorado Springs on Monday

Late Sunday night the Inland Northwest Blood Center sent 55 units of blood to their sister center in Las Vegas. Those ready to help included Shannon Anderson who heard of a need for blood donations on the radio and rushed here in an effort to deal with the tragedy.

Blood products have a shelf life of 42 days for red blood cells and 5 days for platelets, therefore, United Blood Services is always in need of donations to replenish the supply, a release said.

Additional donations from a center in Nevada were sent from the group to help victims in Las Vegas.

The manager at Bonfils Blood Center said more than 600 people across 8 sites donated blood Monday. The blood donations collected here are not now expected to be needed in Las Vegas due to their suppliers and the massive donations made in Las Vegas, but blood banks try to always be prepared. One in seven people entering the hospital needs blood, every three seconds someone in this country relies on blood. They say they typically see an increase in blood donations after tragedies. By comparison, last Monday 371 people registered to donate. It can take 24 to 36 hours to collect, test, process and distribute blood where it's needed. 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.

To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 18 years old (16 and 17 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health.

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