BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - After a plea for more blood in El Paso, people in the Baton Rouge area are doing their part to try to lend some help.
People lined up Sunday morning outside of the Bass Pro Shop in Denham Springs and at the Walmart in Walker, to donate blood in the aftermath of the mass shootings. “As of yesterday morning, we had less than a one day supply of O [positive] on our shelf,” said Stephanie Duplessis, regional director with LifeShare Blood Center. “We're in need of all blood types but especially O's. And that's what get used when a trauma situation happens such as what happened yesterday and this morning.”
LifeShare Blood Centers had already planned to have their mobile units out and saw a larger presence of donors on Sunday. One woman who donated blood said she felt inclined to donate today.
“I heard about the tragedy on the news, and I normally do donate blood, but I heard about the tragedy on the news and wanted to, you know, help.” “The bus has been full since we got there, which is great,” said Duplessis. “We need the blood to make sure it’s there to supply our community. We want to make sure the bloods on the shelf for anyone who needs it. You never know when something like this can happen in your neighborhood Duplessis says summer months are already when blood supplies are bleakest. Adding to the urgency, the shelf life for certain blood types can be short. While the blood drawn from today may not necessarily make it to El Paso or Dayton, it will help replenish the supply used by the shooting victims.
SCHEDULE A DONATION WITH LIFESHARE:
SCHEDULE A DONATION WITH VITALANT:
REQUIREMENTS TO DONATE:
- Adults, aged 17 to 80
- At age 16 you can donate blood with parental consent
- Weigh 110 pounds or more
- Be free of infection
- Know the names of any medications you currently take
HOW OFTEN CAN YOU DONATE:
- A healthy person that’s 17 or older can donate blood every eight weeks
- Up to six times a year
SUGGESTIONS BEFORE YOU DONATE:
- Drink plenty of water before your appointment
- Eat a healthy meal
- Wear a shirt with sleeves that you can roll up above your elbows
- Relax, listen to music, talk to other donors or read while you donate
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU DONATE:
- First, you will be asked to complete the donor registration/medical history form.
- The blood donation process takes approximately 30 minutes from the time you check in to the time you leave
- The actual blood collection takes only about 10 minutes.
- After you donate, you’ll be given a light refreshment
Each unit of blood can help save up to three lives. That means if you donate six times a year, you could potentially be saving 18 lives. You can give blood even if you take medication for high blood pressure, take hormones or have diabetes that is controlled.