Cape Fear Heating & Cooling, LLC is partnering with BladenOnline.com and Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center due to the blood shortage announced last week.
The Blood Donor Center is still critical for type O blood, according to the center. The need stems from a nationwide shortage of the blood type.
Type O negative blood is the universal blood type and can be given to any patient during emergencies. The blood type is also used for babies in the neonatal care unit and for trauma patients. A single trauma patient can deplete the center’s entire on-hand supply.
The Blood Donor Center also needs all other blood types, due to traditional summer shortages. The shortages are caused when more people are on vacation and students are out of school.
Help save lives and receive a free t-shirt and other gifts while supplies last by donating during the event. A drawing will also be held to give away a Google Home Mini. Anyone who donates at the event will be entered in the drawing.
The Blood Drive will be held at the Cape Fear Heating & Cooling and BladenOnline.com office located at 8849 US Hwy 701 South in Clarkton. Schedule your appointment today by calling 910-647-0221 or 910-879-1029.
Blood Donation Guidelines
To give blood, donors must:
- be at least 17 years of age or 16 with signed parental consent
- weigh at least 110 pounds
- be in good health
- have proof of identification
Blood can be donated every eight weeks. Platelets can be donated every two weeks. Double red-cell donations can be made every 16 weeks.
Potential donors may be temporarily or permanently ineligible to donate because of issues related to their medical history or travel to some countries (see below).
If you are unsure of your eligibility, please call the Blood Donor Center at 615-LIFE (615-5433).
FDA Restrictions Based on International Travel
Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center is following the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) latest guidelines to reduce the transmission risk of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), commonly referred to as “mad cow” disease. These guidelines make some persons ineligible to donate blood based on certain overseas travel.
The FDA states that those who are ineligible have been “deferred,” meaning they may be eligible at a later date. It is not known, whether advances in epidemiology may enable them to donate in the future.
The FDA indicates that transmission of CJD by human blood has not been shown to occur. However, since it is a fairly new disease, the FDA has asked all blood banks to adhere to the following donor guidelines:
- Persons who have traveled to or resided in the United Kingdom for more than three months, between 1980 and 1996 are not eligible to donate;
- Persons who were a member of the U.S. military, a civilian military employee or military dependent, stationed for six months or more from 1980-1990 in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, or six months or more from 1980-1996 in Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy, and Greece are not eligible to donate.
- Persons who have lived in one of 30 European countries for periods totaling five years or more are not eligible to donate.
CJD is a rare, but invariably fatal, degenerative disease of the central nervous system, associated with a poorly-understood transmissible agent. A small number of people in the United Kingdom have been diagnosed with the disease. Many scientists believe that these people contracted CJD after eating beef obtained from cattle infected with another disease, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
For more information, please call the Blood Donor Center at 615-LIFE (615-5433).
The Blood Donor Center is open for donations Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on the third Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.