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Blood donors needed for all types of disasters


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

WICHITA -- September is National Preparedness Month, a time for Americans to prepare for disasters of all types, including personal ones that require blood transfusions. By giving blood through the American Red Cross, eligible donors can ensure blood is ready and available when any disaster strikes.

Currently, eligible donors of all blood types are needed for the Red Cross to readily meet hospital and patient needs. Eligible donors with the most in-demand and often short supply blood types -- O negative, O positive, A negative and B negative -- are encouraged to give. Donors who gave blood at the start of summer now could be eligible to donate again as summer comes to a close.

It can take up to three days for donated blood to be tested, processed and made available for patients. It's the blood on the shelves when a disaster or emergency strikes that saves the day. Help the Red Cross ensure an adequate blood supply by making an appointment to donate blood.

Hays Medical Center will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 in its Hadley conference rooms. Walk-ins are welcome.

To donate anytime, call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in Kansas), weigh at least 110 pounds and generally are in good health could be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.