Blood Donors Needed as Nation, Region Grapple With Critical Shortage
An hour of your time, a pint of your blood, saves lives
Blood supplies across the nation and region have reached critically low levels and donations are urgently needed to continue to help critically ill patients everywhere.
“As the region’s top health care partner, we’re asking everyone to give some thought to giving a pint,” said Michael Pasquale, MD, Physician in Chief, Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence.
“Donating blood is safe and more importantly, a life-saving gift. We all likely know someone who benefited from a blood transfusion. Blood and blood-derived products are used for infants in neonatal intensive care, people receiving cancer treatment, people who suffer traumatic injuries, and those who need surgery. The need is real and takes less than an hour of your time.”
To schedule a blood donation, call 1-800-B-A-DONOR (800-223-6667) or schedule an appointment online at GIVEaPINT.org.
Blood drives are already scheduled at three Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) locations. However, donors are not limited to these events. They should call or register online for the location and time most convenient for them.
LVHN blood drives
- LVH–Muhlenberg - Thursday, June 10, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
- LVH–Hazleton - Wednesday, June 16, noon-5 p.m.
- LVH–Cedar Crest - Wednesday, July 7, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Blood donation facts
- O-positive is the most common blood type and 1 in 3 people will need this type of blood transfusion.
- O-negative blood, the universal blood type, is used to treat patients in emergency situations when hospital staff don’t have time to determine an individual’s blood type.
- With trauma incidents common during the summer months, the need for O-positive and O-negative blood is constant.
- About 450 pints of blood are needed every day in the Pennsylvania-New Jersey region served by Miller-Keystone Blood Center, the supplier of blood products for LVHN and 28 other hospitals and health networks.
“If you haven’t donated blood in a while, if it’s something you’ve always considered but never done, please make an appointment,” said Pasquale.
LVHN includes eight hospital campuses, three in Allentown, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; Coordinated Health, which includes two hospital campuses, nearly two dozen multispecialty locations including ambulatory surgery centers and orthopedic injury centers in northeastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey; 26 health centers; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices; 20 ExpressCARE locations including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE; pharmacy, imaging, home health, rehabilitation and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care for adults and children, burn care at the Regional Burn Center; kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, neurology, complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and robotic surgery in 10 specialties. Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence physicians provide the most advanced treatments. Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, an initiative that helps community providers improve the quality of cancer care and offers access to MSK clinical trials. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the community’s only children’s hospital, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest is ranked as the region’s No.1 hospital for seven straight years and has been recognized among Pennsylvania’s top six hospitals for seven consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, LVH–17th Street and LVH–Muhlenberg are the region’s only Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org or following us on Facebook , Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.