blood donations

As many people prepare to go back to school and back to the office, the need for blood donations remains steady. 

Vitalant urges all eligible blood donors to schedule their next donation appointment to ensure patients have access to a readily available blood supply. The need for Type O blood is especially critical.

Type O is the most transfused blood type. Type O-negative is what emergency room personnel reach for when there is not time to determine a patient’s blood type.

Platelet donations are also critically needed. Platelets must be transfused within a week of donation and are used to help cancer patients, organ transplant patients, people who have open-heart surgery, and those with blood disorders.  

For information and to schedule a donation appointment, visit vitalant.org or call 1-877-25-VITAL (1-877-258-4825).

August blood drives include 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, through the city of Peoria, 8866 W. Thunderbird Road; 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 7, at Vistancia community, 29701 N. Sunrise Point; and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, Lunde’s Peoria Volkswagen, 8801 W. Bell Road.

It’s the blood already on the shelf that helps save lives during disasters and everyday emergencies. Natural disasters like wildfires and hurricanes often force Vitalant to cancel blood drives in affected areas. Donors in unaffected areas can help patients in their community or across the country as Vitalant’s distribution networks helps ensure blood is available when and where it’s needed most. 

New donors are also vital to meeting patient needs. First-time donors with Vitalant can now get a glimpse at their blood type immediately when they donate. Lab confirmation of blood type results and other useful health information is available about a week after donation in the donor’s online account.  

Those who received a Food and Drug Administration-authorized COVID-19 vaccine can give blood immediately, if other eligibility requirements are met. Vitalant follows strict protocols to ensure the safety of donors, patients and staff, including social distancing and other precautions. Face masks are required for all donors where state or local jurisdictions or blood drive sponsor’s mandate. Otherwise, masks are only required for donors who are not fully vaccinated.