Blood supplies critically low in northern Colorado

Blood donor center urges public to donate
July 3rd, 2016

Local blood supplies are critically low, and the officials at UCHealth’s Garth Englund Blood Donation Centers are asking the public to consider donating blood to help save lives.

A number of recent trauma incidents have depleted much of the supply in northern Colorado amid the busy summertime season when donations are typically down because of vacations and summer break, according to Larisa Maristany, the supervisor at the blood donor centers.

Donations of all blood types are needed and important, Maristany said. However, the center especially needs donors with the following blood types:

– O blood types – both negative and positive – are used in trauma cases.

– AB blood type is needed for plasma donations.

– A blood types – both negative and positive – can help with either red cell, platelet or plasma donations.

A special blood donation drive event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 7 in the Café F meeting room in the lower level at Poudre Valley Hospital, 1024 S. Lemay Ave. in Fort Collins. To schedule an appointment to give blood during the drive, call 970.495.8965.

Donations also can be scheduled at either of Garth Englund’s blood donor centers in northern Colorado — the center at 1025 Pennock Place in Fort Collins or the center at Medical Center of the Rockies, 2500 Rocky Mountain Ave., in Loveland. Interested donors should call 970.495.8965 to schedule an appointment at either of these locations.

To donate, a person must be at least 18 years old (or 17 with a parent’s permission) and show a photo identification. New donors must weigh at least 120 pounds and be in good health. Prior donors must weigh at least 110 pounds. Whole blood donations take 30-40 minutes. Platelet donations take anywhere from 45-110 minutes.

All blood donated through UCHealth’s Garth Englund Blood Donation Centers stays local. It helps patients at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Greeley Emergency and Surgery Center and Estes Park Medical Center.

For more information about the process and requirements for blood donations, go to uchealth.org/beahero.

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