The Community Blood Center (CBC) is in urgent need of platelet donors to support the needs of local patients in the 21 hospitals served by CBC. While the storms from the recent weekend didn’t create an increased need for blood or blood products, it did hinder platelet collection resulting in fewer donations and canceled appointments. This has resulted in a decreased supply of platelet products that are relied upon to meet the daily demands of local hospitals.
Platelets are the component of blood that controls bleeding. They are crucial for transplant recipients, cancer patients and trauma victims. Additionally, platelets have a short shelf life of only five days, which means they need to be replenished daily.
“There is no substitute for platelets,” said Kristine Belanger, vice president of donor services, The Community Blood Center. “Local patients depend on volunteer donors for the lifesaving blood products needed for survival. We understand the storm has created challenges for many, but are urging those who are able to donate platelets to help meet the current need. If 75 people could donate platelets this week, that would make a significant difference.”
Platelet donors, including those who have never made a prior donation, are encouraged to make an appointment today. A platelet donation, from registration to completion, takes about two hours.
CBC has donor centers in Appleton, Oshkosh, Little Chute, and Woodruff. To make an appointment at any of these centers, please call (800) 280-4102 or visit www.communityblood.org.