Siouxland Blood Bank has urgent need for donors

Siouxland Blood Bank has urgent need for donors The American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) has called upon the Siouxland Community Blood Bank (SCBB) of Sioux City, IA, to send units of blood to blood centers in Texas that have been affected by Hurricane Ike. The Siouxland Community Blood Bank is a member of AABBâ�?�?s Disaster Task Force which means that they will act immediately to help those areas that need blood. SCBB is urgently calling Siouxlanders to donate. There is a high demand for O+ and O- but all types will be necessary to fulfill the needs of the southern blood centers. Because the Texas residents are overcome with repairing damaged homes, clean-up efforts and trying to find the normalcy they once had, they donâ�?�?t have time to make their regular donations which leaves a large deficit in the blood supply. â�?�?One thing that we at SCBB pride ourselves on is that we have loyal donors who answer the call to action,â�? said Jan Twait, CEO of SCBB. â�?�?The fact that our donors are ready to help out others in Siouxland in a heartbeat gives us the security to know that they will readily help people who have had terrible traumas in other parts of our country. Although the residents of Texas may have lost their homes, belongings and possibly loved ones, they can be absolutely positive that the Siouxland Community Blood Bank donors will make sure they have blood.â�? Donating as soon as possible is the best way to ensure that the blood is available for the hurricane victims and other patients in surrounding hospitals. After donation, the blood is tested in the SCBB lab and shipped off within 48 hours of donation. A total of six blood centers in Texas and one in Louisiana have been adversely affected by the hurricanes. While most are able to collect blood via their mobile collection units, they will not be able to collect the quantity of blood they need to sustain the hundreds of hospitals and patients they serve. â�?�?During our times of need other blood centers have offered their help and support in a similar manner as this,â�? said Twait. â�?�?It is crucial that we do the same.â�? To be eligible to donate individuals must be at least 17 years of age (16 with a Siouxland Community Blood Bank signed parent consent form); however there is no upper age limit as long as the donor is in good health. In addition donors need to weigh at least 110 pounds and have not donated whole blood in the past 56 days. A photo I.D. is required at the time of registration as well as a list of any medications they are currently taking.�? �?  For more information about the Siouxland Community Blood Bank, call 712-252-4208, 1-800-798-4208 or visit their Web site at www.siouxlandbloodbank.org

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