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Red Cross issues emergency call for blood and platelet donors Blood donations down about 10 percent in June


Tue, Jul 9th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. (July 9, 2013) – The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.



“We are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO for the Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region. “Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need.”



Nationwide, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. The shortfall is similar to what the Red Cross experienced in June 2012.



June can be among the most challenging months of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they adjust to summer schedules. High school and college blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of Red Cross donations during the school year. Donations from those who usually give at these drives drop by more than 80 percent when school is out for the summer. In addition, a mid-week Independence Day holiday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors, especially businesses, were unable to host drives because employees took extended vacations.



The Red Cross urgently needs donations to ensure an adequate blood supply is available for patients all summer long. Each day, the Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region needs to collect approximately 800 blood donations. Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.



There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients - must be transfused within five days of donation, so it’s important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.



How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood .....
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Winneshiek Medical Center expands Mabel Clinic

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

Beginning Monday, July 1, Winneshiek Medical Center’s Mabel Clinic will have expanded hours. Mabel Clinic will be open daily from 7:30 am – 2 pm and offer same day appointments as well as convenient Walk-in Wellness lab testing. Medical directi ..... 
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Bloodmobile in Harmony on July 16

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 pm on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. Typicall ..... 
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It takes all blood types to help save lives

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL - Whether someone is among the 39 percent of the U.S. population with type O positive blood or the two percent with B negative, the American Red Cross is looking for eligible donors of all types to give blood this summer to help avert a sho ..... 
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It takes all blood types to help save lives

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL - Whether someone is among the 39 percent of the U.S. population with type O positive blood or the two percent with B negative, the American Red Cross is looking for eligible donors of all types to give blood this summer to help avert a sho ..... 
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It takes all blood types to help save lives

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL - Whether someone is among the 39 percent of the U.S. population with type O positive blood or the two percent with B negative, the American Red Cross is looking for eligible donors of all types to give blood this summer to help avert a sho ..... 
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4th Annual Harmony Hustle in support of Habitat for Humanity 10K Run, 5K Fun Run/Walk, 1K Kids Run

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

HARMONY, Minn. - Whether you are an exercise enthusiast or someone wanting to support Habitat for Humanity, walkers and runners are invited to Harmony, Minn., for the Harmony Hustle on Saturday, July 6. This event is sponsored by area volunteers a ..... 
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Get Connected, Get Answers

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Never been to a farmers market before? Then you are missing out! Farmers markets offer many benefits to you and the community. The produce is seasonal and picked at the peak of freshness, so you get to enjoy local fruits and vegetables when they are ..... 
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Winona Health again awarded an “A” for patient safety

Mon, Jun 17th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

WINONA, Minn., June 12, 2013 – Winona Health earned a Hospital Safety Score of “A” from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest ..... 
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