There’s no way to predict when or where
an accident will happen. That’s why the American Red Cross needs donors to give
blood and platelets during Trauma Awareness Month this May and throughout the
year to help ensure that trauma centers are prepared the moment an injured
In December 2017, Jeff Gosliga was
rushed to the hospital following a car accident. To treat his serious injuries,
he needed 11 units of blood – about the amount of blood in an average adult’s
“I never had reason to think a lot about
blood, where it came from or how it arrived at hospitals; my accident changed
all of that,” said Gosliga. “It was touch-and-go for a while, and because the
blood that I needed was available, I’m here today. I am so grateful to all of
the volunteer blood donors who give of themselves so generously. I will never
forget them or take blood donation for granted again.”
Donors of all blood types are urged to
give now to help meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious
medical conditions. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free
Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED
Three local blood donation centers are open
multiple days of the week for varying hours; you can donate in Modesto,
Stockton or Sonora.
In Modesto, the Blood Donation Center is
at 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.; the North Stockton Blood Donation Center is at 2888
W. March Lane; and the Sonora Blood Donation Center is at 850 Sanguinetti Road.
In thanks, all those who come to donate
blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross now through June 10, 2019, will
receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. Restrictions apply; see
amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at
Major traumas can quickly deplete a
hospital’s blood supply. By giving blood, platelets or plasma regularly, donors
can help ensure that enough blood is on the shelves for patients when every
second matters. In trauma situations, when there’s no time to check a patient’s
blood type, emergency personnel reach for type O negative red blood cells and
type AB plasma because they can be transfused to patients of any blood type.
Less than seven percent of the population has type O negative blood, and only
about four percent of the population has type AB blood.
Platelets may also be needed to help
with clotting in cases of massive bleeding. Because platelets must be
transfused within five days of donation, there is a constant – often critical –
need to keep up with hospital demand.
All blood types are needed to ensure a
reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two
other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17
years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state
law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be
eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age
and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time
at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation
reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation,
before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at
RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds
and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40
percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides
international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their
families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on
volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.
For more information, visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit them
on Twitter at @RedCross.