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North Texas Medical Center in Gainesville will be host to a a pre-holiday blood drive set for 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday in the hospital classrooms.
The facility is located at 1900 Hospital Boulevard in Gainesville. Potential donors can be 16 years of age with a parent’s consent; 17-year-olds may donate independently. There is no upper age limit for donating blood. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good general health and present a photo identification. Ideally a donor should also eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids before giving blood.
Carter BloodCare’s volunteer donors provide lifesaving blood for patients at more than 200 healthcare facilities in 56 counties in North, Central and East Texas, including Cooke, Denton, Dallas and Tarrant counties. In addition, they provide the blood needs of M.D. Anderson and are one of three blood centers supplying the U.S. military. Carter is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks, licensed by the Food and Drug Administration and is a member of America’s Blood Centers.
Hospital officials released related statistics about the viability of blood donation:
• 4.5 million American lives are saved each year by blood transfusions.
• 32,000 pints of donated blood are used each day in the United States.
• Someone needs blood every three seconds.
• About 1 in 7 hospital patients needs blood.
• Three lives are saved by one pint of donated blood.
• Shortages of all blood types happen during the summer and winter holidays.
Donors receive free mini-physicals and can track their cholesterol levels on Carter BloodCare’s website. Carter also provides the opportunity for donors to take advantage of double red cell donation – a procedure that allows a donor to give two units of packed red cells versus the traditional single unit.
Carter provides online scheduling so that donors can schedule their time to donate and reduce or eliminate possible waits. (For online scheduling, go to carterbloodcare.org, and then click on “Donate Blood,” then “At Community Blood Drive,” and then type in your zip code.)
Walk-ins are welcome, but those with appointments will be seen first.
For more information on donor eligibility, call Carter BloodCare at 1-800-366-2834 or visit www.carterbloodcare.org. There is also donor information available in the front lobby of North Texas Medical Center.
For assistance in scheduling, contact Gayla Blanton at 940-612-8373.
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