AURORA – Heartland Blood Centers are reminding all healthy members of the community to give thanks for their good health by sharing it with those less fortunate and in need of life-saving blood transfusions.
“We are approaching a time when blood donations drop dramatically, while the number of patients who need blood transfusions remain the same,” said Dennis Mestrich, Heartland Blood Centers’ president and CEO, in a news release. “It is critical to have the blood donated ahead of time to have it available for patients when they need it. Every day of the year, including holidays, someone is fighting for his or her life and will need life-saving blood products.”
According to Heartland Blood officials, Type O blood is especially needed; it is the universal blood type that can be safely transfused into any patient. Officials said there is a substantial demand for Type O negative blood because it is used in medical emergencies, such as car accidents, when there is no time to give type-specific blood. Type O negative blood also is important for premature infants who often require frequent transfusions due to loss of blood, the release states.
All donors receive free mini-medical exams on site and information about their temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure and hemoglobin level. Businesses, schools, religious, civic and fraternal organizations partner with Heartland to host blood drives seven days a week.
In addition, Heartland has 17 donor centers located throughout the Chicago area and Northwest Indiana.
Visit www.heartlandbc.org for locations of Heartland donor centers or community blood drives. Blood donors are recognized and rewarded for their blood donations with Heartland’s Warm Hearts Club, an online redemption center.