St. Vincent's Dr. Erica Discusses Need for Blood in Billings

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 As severe winter weather and icy roads increase, so does the amount of accidents and need for blood.

Right now, all blood types and donation types are needed, with an urgent need for type O, A-negative and B-negative blood donations. In emergency situations when a patient’s blood type isn’t known, doctors reach for type O blood until the patient can be stabilized. 

Vitalant strives to maintain a four-day supply of type O blood. Donors with these blood types can save even more lives through a double red cell donation.

There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets have a very short shelf life—only five days—and must be constantly replenished.

It’s the blood already on the shelf that helps in an emergency. That is why it’s crucial for Vitalant to maintain a safe and ready supply at all times. It takes up to 2.5 days to process, test and distribute each blood donation before it is delivered to hospitals.

Did you know that every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion? That is why Vitalant of Montana needs at least 150 donors each day to meet the needs of our region.

Vitalant is the sole provider to more than 30 hospitals across Montana and northern Wyoming.

Donors can schedule their appointment by calling 877-25-VITAL or going to vitalant.org.  

 

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