Bloodworks Northwest urgently needs Blood Donors


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Bloodworks Northwest issued an urgent appeal for donors after the community supply for Type O blood — the most common blood type among people in the Northwest — plunged by 37% since the beginning of July, and now stands at 1,000 units below normal operating levels.

“Sadly, more people needed lifesaving trauma care recently, reminding us that the need for blood doesn’t take summer vacation,” said James P. AuBuchon, MD, president and CEO of Bloodworks, “In the past 10 days we’ve had high patient needs, but 550 fewer donors than during the same period a year ago. Inventories of the most-needed blood types and platelets are between critical and emergency levels – only a one or two day supply.”

The need for blood is continuous for patients having surgeries, trauma care, organ transplants and cancer treatment. About 45% of people in the Northwest have Type O blood.

Bloodworks welcomes donors at 12 centers and conducts up to 100 mobile drives per week across the Northwest. It takes about 800 donors a day to maintain a sufficient supply for more than 90 hospitals served in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

Noting that “good things come in pints,” Snoqualmie Ice Cream has teamed up with Bloodworks to offer 5,000 pints of ice cream to donors to help address the summer shortage. People who register at any Bloodworks donor center to give July 10-16 will receive a free voucher for a pint of ice cream. To learn more and register visit: https://www.bloodworksnw.org/icecream.

Donors can schedule an appointment at any donor center by going online at schedule.bloodworksnw.org or by calling 1-800-398-7888. People can also can check online at bloodworksnw.org to find dates and times of mobile drives close to where they live or work.

While there is a special need for Type O blood, Type B-Negative and platelets, all donors are welcome.

The nearest BloodworksNW Donor Center is at the Tukwila Center, located at 130 Andover Park E. in Tukwila; 206-241-6300.

Other locations include:

  • Bellevue Center:1807 132nd Avenue NE Bellevue, WA 98005 425-453-4011
  • Bellingham Center: 410 W Bakerview Rd., Suite 117 Bellingham, WA 98226 360-671-8848
  •  Central Seattle 921 Terry Avenue Seattle, WA 98104 206-292-6500
  • Everett Center 2703 Oakes Avenue Everett, WA 98201 425-740-2909
  •  Federal Way Center 1414 S 324TH Street Suite B101 Federal Way, WA 98003 253-945-8660
  • Lynnwood Center:19723 Highway 99, Suite F Lynnwood, WA 98036 425-412-1000
  • Olympia Center: 1220 Eastside Street SE Olympia, WA 98501 360-596-3950
  • North Seattle Cente:r 10357 Stone Avenue N Seattle, WA 98133 206-526-1970
  • Silverdale Cente:r 3230 NW Randall Way Silverdale, WA 98383 360-308-7340
  • Vancouver, WA Donor Center: 9320 NE Vancouver Mall Blvd, Suite100 Vancouver, WA 98662 360-567-4800
  • Lane Blood Center: 2211 Willamette St Eugene, OR 97405 541-484-9111

About Bloodworks Northwest
Bloodworks (formerly Puget Sound Blood Center) is backed by 70 years of Northwest history and 250,000 donors. It is local, nonprofit, independent, volunteer-supported and community-based. A recognized leader in transfusion medicine, Bloodworks serves patients in more than 90 hospitals in Washington, Oregon and Alaska — partnering closely with local hospitals to deliver the highest level of patient care. Comprehensive services include blood components, complex cross-matching, specialized lab services for organ transplants, care for patients with blood disorders, and collection of cord blood stem cells for cancer treatment. Bloodworks Research Institute performs leading-edge research in blood biology, transfusion medicine, blood storage and treatment of blood disorders. Patients with traumatic injuries, undergoing surgeries or organ transplantation, or receiving treatment for cancer and blood disorders all depend on our services, expertise, laboratories and research.

For more information, visit bloodworksnw.org.

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