January LifeServe Blood Drive a success; Now taking appointments for February Blood Drive in Waukon

The LifeServe Blood Center reported a great number of donors at the January blood drive with 44 total units collected which saved or sustained up to 132 lives.      

Here are some facts from the LifeServe Blood Center explaining just how much blood many patients need for their illness.

• Cancer patients can use up to eight units of blood a month.
• Bone Marrow Transplant patients can use up to two units a day.
• Cardiovascular Surgery patient can use between two and 25 units.
• Liver Transplant patients can use up to 100 units.
• Auto/Trauma Accident patients can use  from five to 100 units.
• Premature infants can use from one to four units.
• Burn victims case use up to 20 units of platelets.
• Heart surgery patients can use from three to eight units of red cells and from one to 10 units of platelets.
• Organ transplant patients can use 10-30 units of blood.

Regular blood donors may donate blood as often as every 56 days.  First-time donors will find that donating blood is a safe and easy way to save lives and make a difference in the community.

The next blood drive will be held Monday, February 6 from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. The LifeServe Blood Center is always welcoming new blood donors to donate. Everyone who registers to donate blood goes through four simple steps during the donation process:  registration, donor history and mini-physical, blood donation and snacks.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate blood at the February 6 Waukon blood drive, call 800-287-4903.  Appointments are required to donate blood. The LifeServe Blood Center appreciates everyone’s continued support and dedication to saving lives.