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Red Cross has significant need for type O negative blood Type O negative is often needed in trauma situations


Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, MN, March 23, 2016 — The American Red Cross has a significant need for type O negative blood donors to donate blood for patients.

Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is often used in emergency situations. While less than 7% of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, hospitals depend on frequent O negative donations to ensure it’s always available for patients in need.

Eligible donors with type O negative blood are encouraged to make a whole blood or double red cell donation, where available, through the Red Cross. During a double red cell donation, two units of red blood cells are collected while most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor.

“Type O negative donors are an important part of the Red Cross trauma team,” said Sue Thesenga, Communications Manager, North Central Blood Services. “While all blood types are needed, type O negative donations are necessary in emergency situations when there is no time to determine a patient’s blood type. Because there is such a high demand for type O negative blood, O negative donors are needed to donate often.”

Because of generous donors, the Red Cross is able to provide blood products to trauma patients like Carla Randecker. In 1995, a semi-truck failed to halt at a stop sign, changing Randecker’s life forever. She suffered a broken neck and femur. She woke from surgery to see a bag of blood attached to her IV.

“I’m O negative, a rarity,” said Randecker. “All I remember was, wow, someone gave their blood for me. I made a promise that day to do the same. When I was well enough, I’d return the favor.”

Randecker became a regular blood donor and gave for many years. This past year, her family fulfilled her wish to give blood together. Five of the family members who gave were type O negative, and since then, donating blood has become a family tradition. “If I teach them nothing else, it’s that they should always, always, do for others,” said Randecker.

The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. Blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sic .....
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Be a hero and donate blood during Red Cross Month

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross invites individuals to become everyday heroes by giving blood. March has been recognized as Red Cross Month by every U.S. president since 1943. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters ..... 
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March is Minnesota Food Share month

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

The effects of hunger for an individual or family can range from poor health and slowed recovery from injury or illness to poor performance at school or work. During 2015, Semcac Food Shelves in Rushford, Preston, Caledonia, and Kasson had 8,215 vi ..... 
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March is Minnesota Food Share month

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

The effects of hunger for an individual or family can range from poor health and slowed recovery from injury or illness to poor performance at school or work. During 2015, Semcac Food Shelves in Rushford, Preston, Caledonia, and Kasson had 8,215 vi ..... 
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Staying young while getting older

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Our house has recently undergone a significant change that I could have never predicted. I used to be the only runner in the family. My wife started running a couple of years ago. So, there were two of us vying for treadmill time. Now, our da ..... 
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Simple ways to get a more restful night’s sleep

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

A good night's sleep can benefit the human body in various ways, including increasing alertness and improving mood and productivity. But according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, chronic insomnia disorders, which are defined as insomnia t ..... 
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What is Thrive?

Fri, Feb 12th, 2016
Posted in All Health & Wellness

You’ve probably seen a number of posts on Facebook from friends who are adamant supporters of Thrive. Or, maybe you know someone who subscribes to the Thrive lifestyle. What is Thrive? According to Kari Bacon of Fountain, “Thrive by Le-vel i ..... 
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Fillmore County Public Health services reviewed

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Lantha Stevens, director of Nursing, gave a presentation on essential services and areas of responsibility for Public Health at the county board’s December 22 meeting. Stevens will retire as of December 31, 2015. This was her last time addressing ..... 
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Did you know?

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Exercise is a great way to maintain a healthy mind and body. Many people begin a new year by making resolutions to lose weight or build muscle. Too often, however, men and women get stuck in an exercise rut, following the same exercise routine week ..... 
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