Fire, EMS, Police, and Blood Donors – First Responders Unite!
by Claire DeRoin
Did you ever dream of being a hero, or helping out during a disaster? Stop dreaming. You’re living it!
Police, fire and emergency phone calls in our community are not responded to by officers, fireman, or emergency medical technicians from Minneapolis or Omaha. Just like our 911 calls are handled locally, so is our blood supply.
The blood supply in the United States is a locally controlled national resource. The strength of the community blood supply is dependent on the businesses, churches, schools, and individual community members playing a vital role in ensuring the blood supply is adequate and available. More than 120 hospitals in Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska exclusively receive their blood supply from LifeServe Blood Center. In the event of a shortage, the hospital does not contact another blood collection organization. It is the responsibility of LifeServe Blood Center to find 100% of the blood products for all of our hospital patients.
When there’s a trauma or large scale disaster, blood donors are a key part of that first response. Without blood, there’s only so much our emergency medical services can do to help victims!
Each and every blood donation you make puts you in a special category of community members willing to step up and help out, whether it’s for an emergency situation or something routine like a surgery. It takes local folks to help local patients. Thank you for being that lifesaving first responder!