West Nebraska Blood Center encourages donations during National Blood Donor Month | Local

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SCOTTSBLUFF – Donating blood is a gift that can save a life.

During National Blood Donor Month in January, the West Nebraska Blood Center encourages past donors to return and those who have not donated in the past to start donating. Before donating, potential donors must have been free of symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 10 days.

“In order to save lives, we must have blood on the shelf and ready to be transfused. Donating blood is a free gift that only takes a little of your time, but it is an essential resource for patients in need,” said Katie Gasseling, MLS (ASCP), Clinical Laboratory Supervisor.

Donating blood or platelets is a simple, safe and easy process. Donors must be in good health, 16 years of age or older, and weigh more than 115 pounds. A healthy donor can give blood every 56 days.

Transfusion of blood and blood products saves millions of lives every year. It can help patients with life-threatening conditions live longer and with a better quality of life and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. It can play an essential life-saving role during emergency response to man-made or natural disasters or be essential in maternal and child care situations.

Blood collected at the West Nebraska Blood Center stays in the region, with blood supplies going to the Regional West Medical Center and other hospitals in Nebraska begging. New and returning donors are encouraged to donate blood and visit the new facility located at 313 West 38th Street in Scottsbluff, just west of Regional West’s main campus.

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