Cody Blood Drive Needs Donors Today
Written by Andrew-Rossi on July 11, 2017
United Blood Service is asking for donors today to help rebuild both local and national blood supplies.
Donor Recruitment Specialist Joshua Randall says blood supplies across the country remain at dangerously low levels following a severe decline in blood donations leading up to and following the July 4th holiday.
The blood drive being held yesterday and today at the VFW on 12th Street in Cody is running behind on meeting the Service’s needs. Randall says that several people failed to show for their scheduled donations yesterday, which has put them behind schedule.
Randall says United Blood Services strives to keep a 5-day supply of every blood type on the shelf at all times to be able to meet the needs of patients across the region. Donations from O-negative donors, the universal blood type, are especially important this time of year due to increased accidents and trauma cases. The current O-negative blood supply sits at approximately two-days on hand, which is only about half of the ideal quantity needed to support local patients.
As an extra incentive, the blood drive is offering free hamburgers and hotdogs from 11 to 1 today as a gesture of thanks to their donors.