Las Vegas Shooting and the Need for Blood

DES MOINES, Iowa (October 2, 2017) – In the wake of the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas late Sunday night, LifeServe Blood Center is reminding the public that it’s the blood already on the shelf that helps victims in the case of attacks, tragedies and other catastrophes.

Don’t wait for a tragedy! It takes time for a unit of donated blood to be prepared for transfusion. Each donation must be screened, processed and transported to a hospital before it’s ready for patients. In order to be prepared for events like the Las Vegas shooting, hospitals need a stable blood supply at all times, not after the fact.

LifeServe Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood products to more than 120 hospitals in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Once our hospital partners’ needs are fulfilled, we are able to assist other blood centers should they require assistance. United Blood Services in Nevada has reached out to the Las Vegas community for blood donations. LifeServe is standing by ready to assist if needed.

LifeServe encourages donors to make an appointment as soon as they can and keep their appointment so they can ensure the local supply is at a safe level and help the Las Vegas blood center if called upon. Your donation is needed today for those in local hospitals: cancer patients, transplant recipients, premature babies, trauma victims, and those undergoing routine surgeries.


To make a blood donation appointment, visit or call 800.287.4903.

LifeServe Blood Center is a non-profit, community based blood center that has served the needs of local hospitals and patients in our regions since 1963. As one of the 15 largest blood centers in the country, LifeServe Blood Center is the SOLE provider of blood and blood products to more than 120 hospitals located across Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. LifeServe is committed to saving lives by providing premier service to volunteer blood donors and access to a safe, quality blood supply for hospitals and patients. Your donation with LifeServe will help save your neighbor, a friend or family member or a stranger on the street. YOU make a difference in YOUR community. For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 800.287.4903 or visit