Miller-Keystone Blood Center has issued a call for blood donors of all blood types. “While all blood types are needed at this time, we are critically in need of O-positive and O-negative donations,” says Joseph Yelo, Vice President of Administration, confirming that hospital blood usage escalated significantly over the holiday weekend (4th of July). “Over the past 5 days, our regional hospitals have required approximately 1,200 units of blood to treat the victims of several critical accidents,” Yelo explains. “However, only 685 units of blood have been donated during this time. This has caused our community blood inventory to drop to critical levels. We are asking all eligible donors to schedule an appointment today.” As the only blood supplier to our regional hospitals, he notes, the Blood Center needs approximately 500 blood donors to walk through its doors every day, in order to meet patient needs. These blood products are required to care for premature infants, accident or burn victims, surgical patients, or individuals undergoing chemotherapy.
Donating blood is completely safe and easy, and takes less than one hour. In order to donate, individuals must be 17 years of age or older, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be in general good health; they must not have donated in the past eight weeks. All donors are also required to provide valid identification; ID must have the donor’s name printed on it, plus a photo and/or signature.
Individuals can register to donate at: Allentown: 1255 S. Cedar Crest Boulevard, Suite 1300, Bethlehem: 1465 Valley Center Parkway, Easton: Chrin Commons Building, 2925 William Penn Highway, Suite 105, Hazleton: 426 Airport Road, 4 Beltway Commons, Lionville: 128 Eagleview Boulevard, Reading: 2745A Leiscz’s Bridge Road. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Blood Center at (610) 691-5850; or for a listing of blood drives in your area, visit www.GIVEaPINT.org.