A Need for Blood Donations: June 4, 2019
Whether it’s an infection, illness, cancer diagnosis, or a traumatic accident—health experts say there are many reasons patients may need a blood transfusion. “We ask you to just take an hour out of your day to come and give the gift of life. We do blood drives at all of our hospital locations. We’re actually going to increase the number that we do here at Coconut Point, verses all the other hospitals. We will be here every 56 days to try to keep those people on a regular schedule,” said Jeremy Puckett, a Blood Center supervisor with Lee Health.
The Blood Center has a great need for all blood types. “We’ve been looking for O positive donors recently. We’re looking for everybody. We need about 800 products a week to fill the transfusion needs for the entire health system as well as Coconut Point,” said Puckett.
The Blood Center is responsible for supplying all Lee Health locations with blood transfusions—that includes Cape Coral Hospital, Lee Memorial Hospital, the Trauma Center, HealthPark Medical Center, Gulf Coast Medical Center, Golisano Children’s Hospital, the Regional Cancer Center, and now Coconut Point.
“Everything that’s collected here today will be whole blood. We take that back to Lee Memorial where our processing facility is. We separate that into red cells and plasma. Red cells we put an additive solution on, and they are good for 42 days. The plasma is frozen, and we keep that for up to a year,” Puckett said.
The big green buses can be spotted throughout Lee County seven days a week. Keep in mind you can donate every 56 days, and you don’t have to know your blood type. “If you want to call a couple of days after we will give you your blood type and your non-fasting cholesterol. It’s just an added benefit for donating,” he said.
One valuable donation can save up to two lives.