Blood Donors Needed

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

A blood shortage in Colorado Springs has some medical facilities panicking.

Penrose Saint Francis says, they're critically low and need help.

They hope people will come out and donate before another blizzard, predicted to hit this week, causes an even bigger shortage.

Last weeks blizzard is what caused some of the shortage.

Specialists say, 95% of people who are eligible to donate blood, don't.

Donor recruiter for Penrose Saint Francis, Carolann Brooks says, the other reason for the shortage was a hike in the number of sick patients.

Brooks says, "So when we see our inventory getting critically low we're frightened."

Blood Donor Dan Perez says he donates regularly. He says, "It doesn't take very long."

But Perez also says he knows way too many people who use time as the excuse not to donate, saying, "I didn't have the time today to do it but I took the time to do it."

Perez says it's important to help save lives, one pint at a time.

Specialists say, for every person that doesn't donate.

Brooks says, "It causes a great deal of problems especially right now we are very very low."

Brooks also says, one person suffering from, say, a car accident, might need 40 pints of blood.

That would take 40 people to donate in order to save that persons life.

"There's a lot of people out there that need blood." says, Perez.

And despite the shortage, there are a lot of people who do give up their blood to help others.

Blood Donor Mary Ann Tabor says, "My mother who is 87 has always been very proud of the fact that she's donated I forget how man gallons in her lifetime."

Penrose Saint Francis Hospital does accept walk-ins.

The process takes about 40 minutes.

Doctors say, you can donate every 8 weeks.

Penrose St. Francis Blood Bank: Call 776-5822 to make an appointment.

Walk-ins are welcome from 10 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Mondays; 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays; and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays.

The hospital also has scheduled a blood drive for Friday December 29, when its bloodmobile will be parked outside the Ruby Tuesday restaurant at The Citadel mall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Memorial Hospital Blood Bank: Call 365-5411 to make an appointment.

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