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Red Cross seeks donors

10/3/2012

Special to The Hays Daily News

October is National Liver Awareness Month, and the American Red Cross reminds eligible blood donors that organ transplant patients often rely on donated blood. Liver transplant patients could need 30 or more different blood products during surgery. In fact, two liver transplant patients at a hospital served by the Red Cross recently were treated with a combined total of 40 pints of red blood cells and 30 pints of plasma.

Liver transplants are the second most common transplant in the U.S., following kidney transplants. According to the American Liver Foundation, more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed every year in the U.S.

All blood types are needed, especially O negative, B negative and A negative. Type O negative, the universal blood type, potentially can be transfused to patients with any blood type.

There are a variety of ways to help protect your liver from disease. The American Liver Foundation offers these simple tips: Eat a healthy diet low in fatty foods, limit alcohol intake, manage medications appropriately and limit contact with toxins. For more information, visit liverfoundation.org.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Ellis County

Thomas More Prep-Marian Junior-Senior High School, 1701 Hall: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Hays Blood Donation Center, 208 E. Eighth: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. first Saturday of each month.

Sheridan County

4-H Building, Kansas Highway 23 North in Hoxie: Noon to 6 p.m. Thursday.