Bloodworks NW needs blood donations to support Las Vegas emergency


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In partnership with the United Blood Services (UBS) in Las Vegas, Bloodworks Northwest is offering emergency blood components for medical treatment of people injured in the horrific shooting on the night of Sunday, Oct. 1.

“We know that a large number of patients will need treatment and ongoing care,” said Dr. James P. AuBuchon, President and CEO of Bloodworks Northwest. “We expect to be called upon and stand ready to assist immediately with emergency shipments.”

UBS advised that while their immediate hospital requirements are being met, additional supplies will be needed.

“We’re urging local donors who have not donated recently — regulars and first-timers — to help us build strong local inventories by donating this week so we can be ready to respond when shipments to Las Vegas are needed to help victims of this tragedy,” said Dr. AuBuchon.

Donors can schedule an appointment at schedule.bloodworksNW.org or by calling 1-800-398-7888.

Responding to emergencies, whether local or national, requires blood that is already collected, tested, on the shelves and ready for immediate use. When disasters happen and emergency transfusions are required, the need is acute for most-common Type O blood, platelets and universal AB plasma.

“While our primary mission supports local patients, when catastrophes happen we do whatever we can to help — even when local supplies are as tight as they’ve been in recent weeks,” Dr. AuBuchon said. “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.

Donors can also can check online at BloodworksNW.org to find dates and times of mobile drives close to where they live or work.

Bloodworks Northwest Donor Centers

About BloodworksNW
Bloodworks Northwest (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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