There are many reasons why a hospital patient requires blood; they vary as to the quantities of blood and blood products required to resolve each medical issue faced. On average, a heart surgeon may request six units of blood and blood products for the patient.
Victims facing trauma injuries from an auto accident may require 50 or more units of blood to replace their loss. Organ transplant experts may order up to 40 units of blood and products – like platelets and plasma – to provide hope for a waiting organ recipient.
Carter BloodCare must register approximately 1,000 donors each day to keep up with hospital demand for blood products. If each eligible blood donor gave just one more time per year, there would seldom be a blood shortage.
Rollins Brook Community Hospital is hosting a blood drive from 10am to 2pm Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 608 North Key in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Kathy Long at (512) 556-3682, extension 2211 :