Blood Donor Day set

The next Life Serve Blood Center blood drive will be held Monday, December 2 from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.

The LifeServe Blood Center seeks donors to ensure a safe and plentiful blood supply in Iowa. Because there is no substitute for human blood, the need for donors is continuous.

How much does ONE blood donation help? The LifeServe Blood Center states, one blood donation can do the following:
· Cancer: up to eight platelet units per week
· Burn Victims:  Up to 20 plasma units
· Automobile Accidents:  Up to 50 red blood cell units.
· Premature Infants:  Up to five units
· Heart Surgery:  Up to six red blood cell units plus six platelet units
· Organ Transplants:  Up to 25 plasma units plus 30 platlet units plus 40 red blood cell units.

The blood that is collected is tested carefully. In fact, all blood that is collected by any blood collection center is tested the same, according to the federal regulations.

To help maintain Iowa’s blood supply, donate at the Waukon Community Blood Drive Monday, December 2 at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years of age, be in general good health and weigh at least 120 pounds. Appointments are encouraged and walk-ins can only be accepted as the schedule permits. To schedule an appointment, call the LifeServe Blood Center at 800-287-4903.

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