Red Cross urges blood donations   

From Staff Reports

  Approximately 8,000 people are injured in car accidents each day. On average, emergency rooms use between four and forty units of blood to treat one car accident victim. American Red Cross blood inventory levels across the country are so low that patient care may be compromised.
  In order to meet the needs of hospital patients throughout the nation, the American Red Cross strongly urges anyone who is eligible to donate blood to call 1-800 GIVE-LIFE as soon as possible. There is currently a critical blood shortage, and without more blood on the shelves, the American Red Cross cannot ensure that hospitals will have the blood they need to treat all patients. In fact, there are several hospitals that are already affected by this scarcity.
  The beginning of July marked a turning point as blood supplies nationwide were at their lowest point of the year with most of the country falling below a two-day supply and many below a one-day supply of blood. Inventory today is even lower, and more importantly, the need for blood is climbing. In fact, the demand for blood products is higher than ever.
  Every day, blood is needed in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities for patients with cancer and other diseases, for organ transplant recipients, and to help save the lives of accident victims. Giving blood is a safe easy process, and takes about an hour. Although about 60 percent of Americans are eligible to donate blood, only about 5 percent actually donate. Donations are critically needed; please act now by giving the gift of life.
  Locally, the Carolinas Region has been able to meet the needs of all 106 hospitals it serves. However, current inventory levels are critically low. Types O positive, O negative and B positive have all dropped to little more than a day's supply.
  All eligible donors are encouraged to donate at the Elizabethton Community Blood Drive on Tuesday, July 27, from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The drive will be held at First Baptist Church, located at 212 East F Street in Elizabethton. Call 1-800-728-9817 ext. 137 for more information or to schedule an appointment.