Bloodmobile to be here August 6

OSMOND — The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Osmond on Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at the city auditorium.

The need for blood is constant. By partnering with the American Red Cross, donors can help ensure that hospitals have enough blood to meet patient need. Donor vacations and fewer school blood drives make July and August an especially difficult time to collect enough blood donations to meet the needs of patients.

Right now, donations are leaving the hospital shelves faster than the blood products can be collected. Donations are needed now to ensure doctors and hospitals have what they need on the shelves for patients the rest of the summer months. Regardless of the season, the Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

To schedule an appointment, go online to redcrossblood.org or call Candy Fritz at (402) 748-3860 days or (402) 329-4590 evenings. For those who make an appointment online, if they not get a confirmation number, it may not have worked. In that case, they should call Candy so that the appointment is not lost.

Walk-ins are permitted; however, the person MUST take an open appointment slot.

To save time that day, persons can go online to redcrossblood.org/ Rapid Pass, read the information, answer the questions and either print out the pass or email it to themselves. Those who do not bring the printed pass with them or who cannot show it on a mobile device will be asked to complete the questions again. Rapid Pass does not take the place of scheduling an appointment. It is only used to complete the pre-reading and pre-donation questionnaire in advance allowing a person to move through the donation process more quickly.

REMINDER! Before donation, get at least eight hours of sleep the night before. Eat a healthy breakfast and-or lunch and drink plenty of fluids in the days before and after.

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