Town of Gilbert to Host Monthly Blood Drives Partnered with Vitalant

United Blood Services is Now Vitalant (Pronounced Vye-TAL-ent)!
MONTHLY BLOOD AND CONVALESCENT PLASMA DRIVES SCHEDULED AT SE REGIONAL LIBRARY

Thursday, July 29, 2020-Gilbert, AZ The Town of Gilbert has partnered with Vitalant to host monthly blood and convalescent plasma drives at the Southeast Regional Library 775 N. Greenfield Road.  Vitalant is the sole provider of lifesaving blood transfusions for every hospital in 11 of 15 Arizona counties, including in Maricopa.  The first drive will be held on Thursday, Aug.  27, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the library’s Assembly room. The.  Sept 21, Oct 21, Nov 25 and Jan 6 blood drive hours will be 1:30-6:30 p.m. The Dec. 17 drive will have 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. hours. Donors are reminded to bring and wear a mask, drink extra water, eat a meal prior, and bring ID.  To make an appointment, visit www.bloodhero.com code: gilbert or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825).

All Vitalant blood donations are being tested for COVID-19 antibodies through August 31 . . . An authorized Food and Drug Administration test, it indicates if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the virus, regardless of whether they ever showed symptoms.  The antibody test is NOT a way to find out if you are currently infected with this virus.  While a positive antibody test does not mean that someone is immune to COVID-19, it does mean that they may be eligible to donate convalescent plasma and help people who are still recovering from coronavirus infection.  Blood donors can log onto their Vitalant confidential donor portal to access test results within three weeks after their donation.  For more information, visit vitalant.org/antibodytest.  
 
Vitalant is calling on fully recovered COVID-19 survivors to donate convalescent plasma to help critically ill hospital patients combat the virus. The need for convalescent plasma has outpaced donations by more than 400% in Arizona. Due to the low convalescent plasma supply, the needs of hospitalized COVID-19 patients may not be met. The convalescent plasma treatment is the only FDA-approved antibody treatment available to COVID-19 patients who are critically ill in hospitals. For information and to apply to be a convalescent plasma donor, visit Vitalant.org/COVIDfree.
 
The Town of Gilbert hopes the monthly blood drives will help to provide a donation location for donors who typically donate at their school or business.  Teens provide more blood donations than any other age group in Arizona.  Last spring, school, and business closures led to 566 blood drives canceled due to the impact of COVID-19, resulting in a loss of more than 17,000 uncollected blood donations.
 
Blood donors help Arizona kids like 4-year-old Adelyn who was born with Diamond Blackfan Anemia, a rare disorder that prevents her body from producing red blood cells.  Every three to four weeks, she relies on the generosity of blood donors to keep her alive – a need that is expected to continue the rest of her life.  “Adelyn has taught us the importance of donating blood,” says her mother Kami.  “We are forever thankful to each and every blood donor.” 
 
About Vitalant (formerly known as United Blood Services)
Vitalant is the nation’s second-largest community blood service provider, supplying comprehensive transfusion medicine services for nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states. Vitalant inspires local communities to serve the needs of others and transform lives through the selfless act of donating blood. Every day, almost 5,000 blood donations are needed to meet the needs of people throughout the country, and Vitalant’s 780,000 donors supply 1.8 million donations a year. In addition to blood products, Vitalant offers customers transfusion services, medical consulting, quality guidance, ongoing education, research, and more. For more information and to schedule a donation, visit vitalant.org or call 877-258-4825 (877-25-VITAL). Join the conversation about impacting the lives of others on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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