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Blood Demand High For July 4th Holiday

LAS VEGAS– Another long holiday is fast approaching which will again put a strain on the local blood supply. Maintaining an ample and steady supply of blood is always difficult during the summer months, but long summer holidays, such as the 4th of July weekend, make it especially challenging. United Blood Services of Southern Nevada will face a shortage of blood during the July 4th weekend because of increased emergencies. With all the fairs, festivals and vacations, the community’s blood supply can dip dangerously low.

1,000 donations are needed in Las Vegas before the 4th of July weekend. “We had an amazing response from donors during our urgent appeal last week and after blood was needed in Orlando,” notes Jeannine McCoy, spokesperson for United Blood Services in Las Vegas. “Donations have dropped off from where they need to be as we focus on making sure there’s plenty of blood on hospital shelves leading into and after July 4th.”

United Blood Services is looking for whole blood, platelet and plasma donors. Patient’s needs are changing, and how you can help the most is determined by your blood type. All blood types are needed and important.

O blood types, A negative and B negative are encouraged to give the traditional blood donation.
AB types are universal plasma donors.
A positive can help with either red cell or plasma.
All blood types can donate platelets.
United Blood Services has teamed up with local shows and attractions to thank blood donors during the Summer Thank You Series. Each week there’s a new thank you. This week it’s Nathan Burton Comedy Magic Show or Marc Savard Comedy Hypnosis!

Donations may be made at convenient locations throughout the Las Vegas & Southern Region at our West Charleston, Northwest, and Green Valley blood centers or a number of community blood drives happening throughout the valley. Donors are asked to make an appointment by contacting United Blood Services at 702-233-9620; or online at http://www.Bloodhero.com.

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