Piedmont Newnan Hosts American Red Cross Blood Drive On July 10

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There is an urgent need for blood due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As hospitals across the country resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are faced with a shortage of units of blood. To help combat this shortage, Piedmont Newnan Hospital will host a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Friday, July 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The blood drive will take place in Conference Room 5 on the Piedmont Newnan campus.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, people have been focused on protecting their communities. As a result, there’s been a large increase in blood drive cancelations across the United States,” said Vicki Kaiser, executive director of oncology, support services & community affairs. “Our hospital is just one healthcare facility across our nation affected by these cancellations, and we wanted to do our part to help patients in our region who are in need of blood.”

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion for medical care such as surgeries, traumatic injuries, cancer treatments, or chronic illnesses.

“Access to blood supply is critical to Piedmont’s ability to serve our patients, and we depend on the Red Cross for this supply,” said Kaiser. “We are working with the Red Cross to make sure we are appropriately stocked and are taking steps to conserve blood where we can, including hosting blood drives at locations throughout our healthcare system. We are that anyone who is a candidate to give blood or platelets, make an appointment to give.”

Each year, an estimated 6.8 million people in the United States donate blood, however, that is only 3 percent of individuals eligible to donate. With your donation, you will be potentially saving up to three lives while replenishing the blood supplies available to patients.

Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. To give blood, a donor must be: in good health; age 17 years or older; weigh at least 110 pounds; not have donated blood within the last 56 days; and, show a valid photo I.D. It is recommended donors eat a snack or meal within two hours prior to donating blood.

Please postpone your donation for 28 days if you’ve been diagnosed with or had contact with anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.

The Red Cross is also spacing beds to follow social distancing practices between donors, performing temperature checks and health screenings before presenting donors enter the blood drive, and providing hand sanitizer for use before entering and throughout the donation.

Visit redcrossblood.org and use code “PiedmontNewnan” to schedule a donation on July 10 to address the critical need for blood of all blood types- especially type O- and platelet donors.

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