LAS VEGAS – United Blood Services announced an urgent appeal for type O blood donors, joining a growing number of blood centers across the country that are encouraging blood donors to step up and help out during the final weeks of August.
United Blood Services has three fixed center locations across the valley and various mobile blood drives scheduled throughout the month. Donors may call 1-877-UBS-HERO (827-4376) or visit www.UnitedBloodServices.org to make a convenient appointment. Volunteer donors may also visit any of United Blood Services’ three Southern Nevada locations to donate blood:
- 6930 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV
- 601 Whitney Ranch Drive, Suite 20, Henderson, NV
- 4950 W. Craig Road, Las Vegas, NV
Only six percent of the population has O-negative blood, yet patients of all blood types can safely receive it. O-positive is the most prevalent blood type – 37 percent of the population has it – so it is needed in greater quantities.
“O-negative can be given to anyone in an extreme emergency situation when there is no time to crossmatch the donor’s blood with the patient’s,” said Paul Milakeve, donor recruitment manager at United Blood Services, Southern Nevada’s nonprofit community blood service provider. “Another special need for O-negative blood is in the treatment of babies. Neonatal care facilities require fresh units of O-negative blood each day to treat their tiny patients.”
If eligible, type O donors can maximize their donations by giving a double red cell donation. Donors who give just their red blood cells through a special donation called apheresis can double the amount of red blood cells donated at one time.
“Every two-to-three seconds in this country, someone needs blood,” Milakeve said. “And you never know when you or someone you love will be the one. We all expect blood to be available when we need it, but only a few of those who can give actually roll up their sleeves. If you have type O blood, it’s time for you to get involved!”
Volunteer blood donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height and weight requirements apply to donors 22 years of age and younger.
UBS is always interested in creating partnerships for new blood drive sponsors in our community. To learn more about organizing a mobile blood drive, please call Paul Milakeve at 702-612-8557.
About United Blood Services of Las Vegas
Founded in 1963, United Blood Services of Las Vegas, a nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) organization, provides blood and blood products for local area hospitals in Southern Nevada, California and Northern Arizona. Its programs exist to make a difference in people’s lives by inspiring individuals to donate blood, producing a safe and ample blood supply, advancing cutting-edge research and embracing continuous quality improvement. The United Blood Services network is one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit blood service organizations, and is a founding member of America's Blood Centers and the American Association of Blood Banks. Nationally, United Blood Services serves more than 500 hospitals in 18 states, contributing to more than 25 million people. For more information, visit www.unitedbloodservices.org.