Keep Blood Source supplied with blood |

Keep Blood Source supplied with blood

The Sacramento Medical Foundation has changed its name from The Blood Bank to the Blood Source, which more nearly describes its function. The Blood Source provides all of the blood required by the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. This includes more than 2,000 pints of eight types of blood every year. This total keeps growing as more uses and needs for blood are found. The hospital has never run out of a blood type, which is amazing since blood can only be stored for 42 days.

Platelets are a component of blood, which is valuable for treatment of cancer patients. They can only be stored for five days. Because it takes a big machine to draw platelets from donors, they have to go to the blood center on Sutton Way to make donations. A person can donate platelets every two weeks instead of every two months for blood donations. The blood center also takes whole blood donations by appointment.

The key to our blood supply is for people to donate on a regular basis. Right now, only about 5 percent of us donate blood. If we can raise that percentage by a few points, we can assure a constant supply through almost any disaster and through various times of the year (summer time and the holiday), when the need is greater.

Stay healthy and donate platelets or blood at the blood center, or come to the United Methodist Church in Grass Valley on Nov. 21, when the mobile blood unit again visits Grass Valley.

Don Schmidt

Grass Valley

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