Blood drive scheduled for January 25
BRUSH, Colo. (Jan. 6, 2011) – East Morgan County Hospital will be holding a blood drive on Jan. 25 at the hospital. “Donating blood gives back to our community and helps our patients when they need a transfusion,” said John Liston, laboratory supervisor at EMCH. “On average a transfusion for a patient will require two units.”
The North Colorado Medical Center Mobile Blood Bank will be on site in the south parking lot, Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. to draw blood. To schedule an appointment call 842-6257, appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcomed.
One of the great advances of the last 50 years or so in blood transfusion is the ability to make several different products from each donation of blood. For whole blood donors, we can process the unit to make at least three different blood products, potentially providing life-saving help to three different patients with just a few minutes of your time.
Your blood will be taken and spun at high speeds in a large device called a centrifuge. When this happens, blood separates into three main parts: Red cells, plasma, and platelets. Each of these can potentially be harvested for use for individual patients.
The units donated will go into inventory and are used for our patients needing transfusions said Liston. This opportunity is open to the public, new donors are always welcomed.
If you are going to donate blood, please remember to drink plenty of water.
For more information contact EMCH Lab at 970-842-6257.
About East Morgan County Hospital
East Morgan County Hospital in Brush, Colo. is licensed by the state of Colorado and certified by Medicare as a 25-bed critical-access hospital. Designated as a Level IV Trauma Center, East Morgan includes a 24-hour emergency department with three trauma bays, two surgery suites, two recovery rooms, six pre and post operative rooms, one endoscopy room, and one outpatient surgery suite. It is part of Banner Health, one of the country’s largest nonprofit hospital systems.