Americans turn out to donate blood
Barton Memorial Hospital on Tuesday turned away people ready to donate blood because its facilities are not equipped to handle donations.
The hospital is working with United Blood Services to set up a donation center at South Shore in coming days.
“We’re doing everything we can to get something mobilized at Tahoe-Douglas fire station but we haven’t gotten it nailed down yet,” said Mary Flores, director of emergency services at Barton. “This blood need will go on for weeks and this is something we’ll need people’s help as the weeks go by.”
Red Cross at South Lake Tahoe got 45 calls from people wanting to know where they could donate blood or send money to help victims of the terrorist attack. It is directing people to blood centers near Reno and Sacramento where donation equipment is already in place and the process is efficient.
The centers were swamped with donors Tuesday forcing the centers to ask everyone interested in giving blood to call and make an appointment first. Type O blood is needed most because it can be used in any patient during times of emergency.
The Sacramento Medical Foundation Blood Center coordinates blood centers in Northern California. It put its Emergency Disaster Plan into effect Tuesday and is in communication with the New York Blood Center to determine its needs. All donated blood will be transported to the East Coast by the California Air National Guard.
Flores said blood drives at South Lake Tahoe take place one time each month at the South Lake Tahoe Branch of the El Dorado County Library. The next drive is Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(Call first to make an appointment)
For closest donation center in California call: (866) 822-5663
For closest donation center in Nevada call: (775) 329-6451
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