EMCH holds Blood Drive, May 31
BRUSH, Colo. (May 17, 2012) – Do you have an hour to save two lives? Donate blood at the East Morgan County Hospital blood drive on May 31. Anyone can be a donor. Demand for blood always increases during the summer months.
In less than an hour your blood donation can save up to two lives. Blood cannot be manufactured; therefore, donors are needed to increase the blood bank’s inventory. A donation is one pint (two cups) of blood. In 2010, NCMC blood donor center sent 348 units of blood for patient care, in 2011 there were 336 units sent for patient care and through April 2012 a total of 133 units have been sent.
The North Colorado Medical Center Mobile Blood Bank will be on site in the south parking lot, Thursday, Mar. 29 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to draw blood. To schedule an appointment call 842-6257, appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcomed.
“The donated units will go into inventory and are used for our patients,” said Cindy Nestor, EMCH laboratory manager. “On average one patient transfusion requires two units.”
“Donating blood gives back to our community and helps our patients when a transfusion is needed,” said Nestor. 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 and eat. All donors need to bring a driver’s license or a photo I.D. with date of birth.
For more information about the blood drive 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.