One event on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 1:30 pm
One event on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 9:00 am
National Donate Life Month in April honors those who have saved lives through the gift of organ donation. In 2020, almost 40,000 organ transplants were performed in the U.S., according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. Most of these required blood and platelets to support patients during surgery.
When a heart becomes available for transplant, there is no time to wait. In fact, a heart must be transplanted within 4 to 6 hours, so it’s essential that blood is on the shelf and ready to go when the call comes. There is no substitute for donated blood—blood donors help make these lifesaving surgeries possible.
Type O blood in short supply
While all blood types are currently needed, there’s a critical need for type O blood donations—the most transfused blood type.
Platelets constantly needed
Platelets are tiny cells in blood that form clots and stop bleeding. They are given to organ transplant patients, cancer patients, people with blood disorders, and open-heart surgeries.
Testing for COVID-19 antibodies
Vitalant continues to test donations for COVID-19 antibodies; if positive, Vitalant can produce convalescent plasma from the donation to treat COVID-19 patients.
Vitalant follows strict protocols to ensure the safety of donors, patients and staff, including checking temperatures, social distancing, disinfecting public areas and requiring face masks.