Thursday, 24 May 2018 16:54

Red cross is looking for more blood donors Featured

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BANGOR - Memorial day is the unofficial kickoff to the summer season and it's the time when blood donations drop.


The red cross wants to remind people just how important it is to give.


Donor recruitment accounts manager Sherri Phinney said, "The push is on the urge for us to collect as much as we can as we prepare for summer."


She said that 25% of their donations come from schools and colleges, "We also start to begin that summer let down in donors and we're starting to feel that."


She said they want to encourage donors to remember that one hour when you come in can impact someone's life.


With the recent school shootings, she said people want to help in any way they can. She said giving blood is one way, "This is a help it's not directly perhaps to the incident, but it certainly keeps the humanitarian efforts going forward."


President and founder of the Maine veterans project Shawn Goodwin said whole blood products and infusion of fluids is vital for keeping soldiers alive, "Nowadays we don't have immediate access to medevacs all the time, and some special operations teams are out in the field for weeks at a time so if somebody's injured they really need those vital life-saving blood products on site."


Goodwin was a navy corpsman medic that helped keep people alive. He said throughout the years he's seen people who were always in need of blood, and the repercussions of not having blood on site.


"And all these folks are always looking for ways to give back donating a pint of blood is probably the number one best way to give back to veterans and people who truly need that blood," said Goodwin.


He said there are a lot of things paramedics can do with their knowledge, but unfortunately when someone needs blood, blood is the only product that can save their life, "You can only do so much with iv fluid and other products but whole blood is absolutely necessary to save life in trauma situations."


Shonna Narine

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