Mississippi Valley Blood Center ready to help Las Vegas

06 October, 2017, 00:39 | Author: Garry Little
  • Here's how to donate to help victims of the Las Vegas shooting

If you haven't donated blood recently, you can help the victims of Sunday night's mass shooting in Las Vegas.

"Blood is as perishable as it is precious", Botos said.

But the incident "illustrates that it's the blood already on the shelves that helps during an emergency", according to the release.

Tragedies like Sunday nights do serve as a reminder to donate but the Red Cross tells us they are nearly always in need of blood.

On Monday, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shared that those willing to donate blood should visit the Labor Health & Welfare Clinic on 7135 W. Sahara. The local Las Vegas community and communities across the country are coming forward in solidarity to support and honor those impacted by this senseless shooting.

According to several sources, this Las Vegas shooting is the deadliest in modern United States history. Recently the used to deliver almost 7,800 units of blood and more than 880 units of platelets on short notice to hundreds of hospitals affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. It takes an hour to collect blood from each donor and two hours to process each unit of blood.

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United Blood Services is encouraging people to go to its West Charleston Boulevard and Whitney Ranch location in Henderson if they would like to donate blood.

We spoke with donor organizers in Vegas who say the wait time for people to give blood there is 24-hours.

Pat Michaels of One Blood said that blood banks need to be ready in advance and have a ready blood supply before a disaster occurs.

They are accepting blood of all types and encourage people to make appointments.

If you want to help locally, eligible individuals can make an appointment to give blood in the coming weeks and months by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting www.redcrossblood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Blood has a shelf life of 42 days, and plasma lasts five days, so it's important they have a constant flow of donors.

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