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Bloodmobile to be at LC Senior Center
LOUISA — The American Red Cross continues to urge people to donate blood in order to build inventory levels up to the necessary five-day supply.

Although the supply has improved over the last few weeks, inventory of the most-needed types, including negative blood types and 0 positive, remain at or below a three-day supply.

"The Red Cross needs to be prepared at any given moment to provide blood wherever and whenever it is needed," said Cheryl Gergely, with Greater Alleghenies Region Blood Services. "Blood is a perishable product, without any substitute. Volunteer blood donors are necessary to provide blood for trauma care, surgeries and cancer treatment. If it is not available then patient care could be impacted."

Gergely added that donating blood is a safe procedure, "and we try to make it as convenient as possible by scheduling community blood taxes.

An American Red Cross bloodmobile has been scheduled by the Louisa Rotary Club at the Lawrence County Senior Citizens Center on May 27 from 2-6 p.m. The center is located at 101 West Pike Street. All area residents and encouraged to donate.

The Red Cross also wants to make donors aware of a new process to the donation procedure. All donors will be using an eBDR system, or computerized blood donation record, which will be completed by Red Cross staff. In addition, the Red Cross collection staff will be directly asking donors the health history questions on the blood donation record instead of donors completing the information on the form.

"The accuracy of donor records is extremely important," Gergely explained. "Other Red Cross regions have found that this process helps improve accuracy, and so we are changing the way we do business."

The change may take donors some extra time to donate — about 15 minutes more than usual — until staff becomes familiar with the process.

To be a blood donor, individuals must be at least 17 years old, weigh 105 pounds or more, be in good general health, and not have donated blood within the past 56 days.

Donors can give blood when taking most medications; including insulin and high blood pressure medications, if their medical condition is stable.

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