Having an ample supply of blood is essential to providing care.
Blood is a critical part of everyday medicine, and we know your life depends on it. That's why we offer comprehensive blood services, including state-of-the-art blood conservation techniques for those who wish to avoid using donated blood during surgeries or other procedures. There is no substitute for blood, and we take the highest care possible with this life-giving, life-sustaining substance.
Blood transfusions - Nearly all of us will need a blood transfusion at some point in our lives. Blood is always needed for treatment of accident victims, cancer patients, hemophiliacs and surgery patients.
Blood donation - When you donate blood, you are helping to save lives. It's easy to do, and it is a lifesaving gift to someone who needs it. Every pint of whole blood you donate is separated into three components - plasma, red cells and platelets. Fresh plasma is used to treat accident victims, patients with bleeding disorders and burn victims. Platelets are used to treat cancer patients and patients who have had bone marrow transplants. Red cells are used to treat patients who have lost blood because of trauma or surgery. It also is used to treat patients with anemia. All donated blood is thoroughly screened using the most advanced techniques available, ensuring safety.
Blood conservation - We know that patients sometimes prefer not to receive blood transfusions during surgeries or other procedures, whether because of religious beliefs or concern about blood-borne illnesses. We use the most advanced techniques, carried out by professionals sensitive to your needs, to conserve and use your own blood whenever possible.
It's always a good time to donate blood, not just during natural disasters and emergencies. When blood supplies reach critical levels, many surgeries, treatments and procedures have to be postponed. That's why donating blood year-round is important. Please contact your local American Red Cross to give the gift of life and help ensure we always have a ready supply of whole blood and blood components.