Published: Fri, October 06, 2017
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

Uptick in people wanting to donate blood at American Red Cross

Uptick in people wanting to donate blood at American Red Cross

"There have been a number of people who have walked in an said: "I heard about what happened in Las Vegas, '" said Liz Lambert, a Bonfils spokeswoman".

A representative with We Are Blood said that communities in Nevada are coming together to ensure their blood supply needs continue to be met, and they have not needed to request additional support. "Whether the need is local or somewhere else, we need to be able to respond instantly - and for that we need stronger inventories all the time".

"The answer is giving blood locally", added Aminov. United Blood Services stands ready to provide more blood and blood products if needed.

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That blood can be transported.

The United Blood Service said the needs are for O-negative, O-positive, and platelet donations. The Blood Bank of Alaska is continuing to monitor the situation in Las Vegas and will jump in to help upon request. It can take 24 to 36 hours to collect, test, process and distribute blood where it's needed, the release said.

Regardless of where the need is, Laura Merritt, a Donor Recruitment Representative for American Red Cross, said all donations help. They do their best to make donating easy, by hosting blood drives throughout the year and allowing you to register and head to their Central New York blood bank in Liverpool. However, we encourage people who would like to help in their local community in the future to become Red Cross volunteers by going to redcross.org and clicking on "volunteer".

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In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman implored healthy residents to donate blood.

If you are not in the Las Vegas area, you can still donate blood to help those injured in the attacks. Green says they are all safe.

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