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This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Life

From Susie Nystrom, the Director of the Blood Center at Lee Health.

Donating blood is the ultimate gift.

As Southwest Florida’s population continues to grow, and our seasonal residents return for the winter months, Lee Health needs blood donations now more than ever.

Current blood supplies are critically low, and our blood centers are in urgent need of donors.

If you’re able, please consider donating blood. Lee Health is asking the community for O positive blood donations to help refill inventory levels. Blood donation is a simple, life-saving process that takes less than an hour, and each donation can save several lives.

As home to the region’s only trauma center, it is vital that the health system’s blood supply remains at healthy levels in order to quickly care for patients needing an urgent transfusion.

Blood and blood products are not only used in the trauma center, but also to treat cancer patients, premature babies, anemia and a variety of other conditions. 

A single donation can be separated into a variety of blood components; the platelets may go to a child with leukemia, the plasma to a patient with a clotting problem, and the red blood cells to an accident victim.

Lee Health’s blood centers are the sole supplier of all blood products for the entire health system. About 800 units of blood are needed per week, and the blood centers rely on life-saving donations from the community to maintain inventory levels.

Though there is a current need for O positive blood, donors of all blood types are welcomed and encouraged to help serve the needs of our community.

The Lee Health Blood Mobile will be at numerous locations throughout Southwest Florida this winter.

If you are unable to attend one of the blood drives, donations can also be made at one of Lee Health’s blood centers to help save lives. If you would like to donate, visit www.leehealth.org for more information.All blood donated at Lee Health stays within the health system to care for patients in Southwest Florida.