January 24, 2006 > Blood Shortage
by Anne Taylor
Assemblymember Johan Klehs (D-San Leandro) called upon the community to assist with today's blood shortage declaration by the American Red Cross. With less than 100 pints of O-negative and only 28 pints of B-negative blood available for area hospitals, the blood supply has reached a dangerously low level. Typically, the Red Cross would provide more than 200 pints of type O-Negative and nearly 50 pints of type B-Negative blood to California hospital patients every day. Without blood donors coming forward to assist in this emergency, an adequate response to medical emergencies may be in jeopardy and routine surgeries at area hospitals may be cancelled.
Nearly 32,000 pints of blood are needed each day in the United States. One out of every 10 patients who enter a hospital needs blood. The average heart surgery requires six units of blood and accident victims have reported using up to 100 units in a given occurrence.
In response to the blood shortage emergency, Assemblymember Johan Klehs is hosting his second emergency blood drive within the past five months as part of the Family Emergency Preparedness Expo being held at Life Chiropractic College West located at 25001 Industrial Boulevard in Hayward on Friday, January 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Red Cross states that while 60% of the population is eligible to give blood, only about 2% of Northern California residents do so. To give blood, you need to be at least 17 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in general good health.
To make an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or go online at www.beadonor.com, "Find A Drive" and register using the LCCW sponsor code.
For more information about the blood drive and the Family Emergency Preparedness Expo, please contact Anne Taylor at (510) 583-8818.