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Red Cross issues call for most needed blood types


Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The American Red Cross is facing a looming shortage of the blood types most needed by patients and is calling on eligible donors with O negative, B negative, and A negative blood to give now to prevent an emergency situation. Blood donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Overall blood donations in the Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region have been approximately 1,734 fewer per month in June and July this year than the previous ten months of the year. When demand for the most needed types begins to outpace donations, the Red Cross alerts donors to help restock the shelves.

Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood type. Types B negative and A negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients. Eligible donors are encouraged to donate double red cells – a process where two units of red cells are collected while most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor – where available.

“Summer blood shortages are not uncommon, but they can be prevented when generous volunteers roll up their sleeves to help save lives,” said Sue Thesenga, Communications Manager for the Red Cross North Central Blood Serives Region. “Many donors have already given this summer. We’re now asking donors who haven’t donated, and those who are eligible again, to make an appointment to give now to help ensure blood products are available for patients.”

Platelet donors and those with type AB blood are also continually needed to help ensure patients receive the lifesaving blood products they need. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, surgical patients and bone narrow recipients – must be transfused within five days of donation, so donations are constantly needed. Donors with type AB blood are urged to give blood or platelets to restock the plasma supply. Type AB donors have the universal plasma type, which can be given to patients of all blood types.

Individuals who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again and help patients like an expectant mother at a Red Cross-supported hospital who is currently receiving nearly 100 units of blood products a week until she delivers. Her need alone could add up to 1,100 units.

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Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center expands to Preston

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center (HVMHC) has recently expanded its services to the Fillmore County area. These developments include providing Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS), Adult and Children Mental Health Case Management, ..... 
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Harmony Bloodmobile exceeds goal by 17 units

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on July 14, 2015, succeeded in collecting 59 units of blood, which was 17 over their goal. There were 61 donors that presented and three first-time participants. Congratulations to these five donors who reached the f ..... 
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How to build and maintain strong bones

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become weakened and brittle over time, affects millions of people across the globe. The International Osteoporosis Foundation says an osteoporosis-related fracture occurs roughly once every 3 seconds, acc ..... 
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Roger Wertanen going strong at 75

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Health & Wellness

What adjectives come to mind when you read the phrase “75 year-old retiree with a pacemaker”? Would you think of words such as “fit, competitive, active, fast, and driven”? Well, if you knew Roger Wertanen, you might have thought of those ..... 
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Red Cross urges blood donations to maintain summer blood supply

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply now and throughout the summer. Many summer activities, such as vacations and travel, cause frequent blood ..... 
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Red Cross urges blood donations to maintain summer blood supply

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply now and throughout the summer. Many summer activities, such as vacations and travel, cause frequent blood ..... 
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Alzheimer’s caregiver support group series offered in Harmony

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Beginning on Monday July 13, the ACT on Alzheimer’s-Harmony Committee will be hosting a free eight week caregiver support series presented by the talented staff at Heartland Hospice. This free series, “Journey of the Heart”, will be held at ..... 
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Gundersen Medical Foundation receives grant to provide local breast cancer screening and education

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Susan G. Komen Minnesota has awarded a $32,196 grant to Gundersen Medical Foundation to provide breast cancer screening and education in rural Fillmore and Houston counties for the third consecutive year. The program will provide 50 women who are un ..... 
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