July 24, 2014
As Summer Calendars Fill Up, Remember to Give Blood
Summer is the season when most of us are planning time for splashing in pools or local lakes, and traveling to see sites and loved ones. But for patients in local hospitals, it is also a time when the right blood types and blood products need to be on the shelves, so that advanced medical treatments can continue. Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South urges members of the Burleson and surrounding communities to avoid a blood donation vacation; instead, give before you go.
August is the perfect time to donate blood, as it can be a peak time for travel-related and outdoor accidents that can require blood transfusions. Additionally, 22 percent of the annual blood supply comes from high school blood drives. Those drives take a break in the summer.
Texas Health Huguley Hospital is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6th at 11801 South Freeway (I-35W) in Burleson, in the basement conference room. For more information, or to schedule an appointment time, contact Nikki Haberstroh, drive coordinator, at 817. 551.2761.
Potential blood donors may volunteer beginning at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds may give independently and there is no upper age limit for giving blood. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, feel well on the day of donation and present a government-issued photo ID each time they give blood. It’s also a good idea to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water before giving blood. For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.