Blood drive results announced
The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center has announced results of eight blood drives recently held in Fairfield and nearby communities.
The mobile unit drew 34 pints of blood Dec. 9 at the Mother Cabrini Parish Center in Richland.
The mobile unit drew 31 pints of blood Dec. 10 at Cambridge Investment Research Inc. in Fairfield.
A total of 18 pints of blood was drawn Dec. 11 at the Keosauqua Senior Center in Keosauqua.
A total of 63 pints of blood was collected Dec. 13 at Fairfield High School in Fairfield.
The blood drive sponsored by Lockridge Fire and Rescue Dec. 17 at the Lockridge Senior Center in Lockridge resulted in 12 pints of blood being collected.
The mobile unit collected 28 pints of blood Dec. 17 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Activity Building in Fairfield.
The mobile unit drew 12 pints of blood Dec. 18 at the Batavia Community Senior Center in Batavia.
The mobile unit crew also drew 22 units of blood Dec. 20 at the Jefferson County Health Center in Fairfield.
According to Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center personnel, one pint of blood can help save the lives of up to three patients, and one out of every five people entering the hospital will need blood products.
A donor can give blood every eight weeks. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years of age — or 16 with a signed parental permission form available at www.bloodcenter.org — and weigh more than 110 pounds. A person with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure can be accepted as an eligible donor. A photo identification or Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center donor card is required to donate.
According to blood center officials, blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45-60 minutes.
The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 87 hospitals in Iowa, Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin. It is the exclusive provider to Jefferson County Health Center in Fairfield and the Van Buren County Hospital in Keosauqua.
For more information or to schedule a time to donate blood, call the blood center at 800-452-1097 or visit the website www.bloodcenterimpact.org.