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Memorial Blood Centers has urgent need for blood donations
With hurricanes affecting blood donations in the southern U.S. and COVID-19 impacting up to 50% of blood drives, donors are urgently needed to help maintain a stable supply of blood for local hospital patients.
Also, September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Sickle cell patients sometimes need frequent blood transfusions and can suffer severe side effects from receiving blood from multiple donors. MBC is looking for eligible donors to enroll in the Sickle Cell Donor Program. Learn more at MBC.ORG/sicklecell.
To help in the fight against COVID-19, the FDA has updated some eligibility guidelines—some donors who were previously deferred might now be eligible to give. Check eligibility and schedule an appointment at MBC.ORG or call 1-888-GIVE-BLD (888-448-3253).
To donate blood, donors must pass a COVID-19 self screening, be in good health, be 17 or older (or 16 with written parental consent), weigh at least 110, be free of antibiotics for 24 hours, unless taken for preventative reasons, and be symptom-free for at least 72 hours following a cold or flu
MBC also continues to collect COVID-19 convalescent plasma at all metro donor centers. While there is no proven treatment, it is possible that convalescent plasma, which has antibodies against the virus, could help patients with serious or life-threatening infections. Learn more at (MBC.ORG/CPdonor).