Blood donations needed during summer months

KWKT
Monday, May 26, 2014 - 12:46pm

With summertime right around the corner, local blood banks say donations could slack up, which creates a shortage in the blood supplies necessary at local hospitals.

During the summer, more people travel and go on vacation, which means more accidents can happen that require blood transfusions. At the same time, typical donors also go on vacation, leaving blood banks, like Carter Blood Care, needing more donations.

Often times, officials say people don't donate because they've never been asked to. But, one donation can save up to three lives.

"One out of every seven hospital patients needs a blood transfusion. And, about every 90 seconds someone needs a blood transfusion in the hospital. So, you can see even though supply may go down, the demand goes up," said Keith Hitt, Director of Regional Relations for Carter Blood Care.

If you personally can't get to a donor center, you can always refer a friend. Carter Blood Care says only about 40 percent of the population is even eligible to donate. Of that 40 percent, only about 5 percent give blood.

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