Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center looking for O-negative donors

Increased blood utilization leads to immediate need for platelet donors and type O-negative whole blood donors

(AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
(AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) has an immediate need for platelet donors and for type O-negative whole blood donors due to increased utilization of these blood components at hospitals served by MVRBC. Trauma and surgical patients at three hospitals the Blood Center serves have required higher than normal volumes of type O-negative red blood cells over the previous two weeks, a period when the rate of blood donation decreased due to the Labor Day holiday on Sept. 5.

The Blood Center asks all eligible platelet donors and type O-negative blood donors to donate as soon as possible. To find a Donor Center or mobile blood drive, call (800) 747-5401 or look up scheduling information online at http://www.bloodcenterIMPACT.org.

Type O-negative red blood cells are always in demand because this blood type can be transfused to patients of every blood type. As a result, O-negative red cells are most often used in emergencies – when the components must be transfused before the patient’s blood type is known. Newborns, infants and those with compromised immune systems also frequently receive O-negative red cells. Because of increased demand on the supply of O-negative red cells, the rate of O-negative blood utilization (approximately 12-14%) typically exceeds the percentage of donors who have the O-negative blood type (approximately 9%).

Single-donor platelets are collected using specialized equipment at select MVRBC Donor Centers and mobile blood drives. These component must be used within five days of donation (compared with 42 days for a red blood cell). Platelet donors are always in demand due to the short shelf-life of this component. Platelet and O-negative red cell donors are needed immediately to ensure the Blood Center’s ongoing ability to maintain an adequate blood supply for hospitals in our region.

Those who register to donate prior to Sept. 30 will be included in MVRBC’s “Summer Road Trip” drawing for a new Ford Fiesta. The summer-long promotion, made possible with support from Lindquist Ford and Clinton Auto Group, will include everyone who registers from May 1 through Sept. 30. For more information, see http://www.bloodcenter.org/win.

About Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) is the exclusive provider of blood products and services to 88 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. The Blood Center is based in Davenport, Iowa, where MVRBC’s testing, processing and primary distribution center produces transfusable blood component products from more than 200,000 whole blood and platelet apheresis donations each year. The Blood Center’s service region extends from southwestern Wisconsin to St. Louis, Missouri and from Danville, Illinois to Albia, Iowa, an area with a population of more than 4-million residents. For more information, see www.bloodcenter.org.

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