Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on May 17, 2018
Silverdale is home to one of a dozen donor centers for Bloodworks Northwest (formerly Puget Sound Blood Center). Meg Hall (pictured), new Silverdale Rotarian and Donor Resources Representative for the organization, began her compelling presentation on May 17 with “Someone you know will need blood in his or her lifetime.”
 
Obviously proud of the life-saving work accomplished by the non-profit, Meg shared stunning statistics with us, including that while 38% of the population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually does.
 
More than 90 hospitals in Washington, Oregon and Alaska rely on Bloodworks Northwest for blood supply, lab services and transfusion expertise every day. Regulated by the FDA and largely volunteer staffed, Bloodworks needs the community to understand and support its mission that is coined as “Bettering our community, drop by drop.” Meg quantified those drops, explaining that the average transfusion takes ten units of blood, and that 800 units will be needed for a four-day emergency.
 
Blood and platelets go to new mothers with traumatic bleeding, cancer patients, accident victims, surgery patients, and many other children and adults experiencing bleeding emergencies. It seems impossible to overestimate the need for blood when put in these terms.
 
The call to action is clear.  Community members need to counteract the nationwide decline in blood donation by routinely giving just 45 minutes for a blood draw or two hours for platelets. “Donate regularly if you can, encourage others to donate, and use your connections to schedule blood drives,” Meg urged.
 
To learn who is qualified to donate blood and platelets, how to organize a blood drive, and other important information, click on https://bloodworksnw.org/ today.