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Tyrone Hospital to Hold Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive in the classroom at Tyrone Hospital on Wednesday August 8th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

All presenting donors at the Blood Drivewill receive a free gift provided by DelGrosso’s while supplies last!  In addition all presenting donors will be entered into a gift drawing for a  polo shirt embroidered with the TyroneHospitallogo and a Gardner’s gift basket.  Plus, all presenting donors from August 1-31 will be automatically entered to WIN the weekly RewardsPLUS drawing which is a $500 GiftCertificates.com SuperCertificate®.  Plus, donors will still receive their DOUBLE Red Cross Rewards Club Points for donating.

The Red Cross needs to collect at least 1,000 units of blood each and every day in order to meet the needs of hospitals in our region.

Jo Lynn Baran, Director of the Laboratory said emergency patients and surgical patients are just two examples of areas where hospitals need a ready supply of blood.  Blood has to be replaced on a regular basis due to utilization by patients and also, because blood can only be stored for a limited amount of time and then it must be replaced.  There is no substitute for blood. The only way to replenish the blood supply is from donors.

According to the Red Cross, people who are diabetic and treated by insulin or oral medications CAN donate blood. (Check with the Red Cross if you have recently changed your medication dosage.  If you have taken bovine or Beef insulin, please speak to a Red Cross staff person).

People who have high blood pressure (hypertension) or are taking medications for high blood pressure CAN donate provided your blood pressure is at or below 180/100.  Donors with a blood pressure 80/50 or lower may require further evaluation or may be deferred.

For more information about the upcoming blood drive at TyroneHospital or to schedule an appointment please call the American Red Cross at 1.800.GIVE.LIFE.

The Red Cross Rewards Club awards blood donors points each time they donate. These points can then be redeemed for gift certificates. redcrossblood.org/redcrossrewards