LifeBridge Health Blood Drives Give the Gift that Keeps on Giving
Posted Jun 11 2014 10:00am
Saving lives is as easy as rolling up your sleeve. Just one blood donation can help save up to three people, and the American Red Cross estimates that over 41,000 blood donations are needed across our country each day. Some of those donations, of course, happen at LifeBridge Health hospitals and facilities – which is why we hold regular blood drives and why we’ve partnered with the Red Cross for a special program that helps some of our most vulnerable patients.
The Red Cross’ Blue Tag program is designed to help patients with sickle cell disease – which changes normal, round blood cells into the shapes of crescent moons, prohibiting those cells from moving easily through blood vessels and carrying oxygen throughout the body; the sickled cells get stuck in the blood vessels, blocking the flow of oxygen through the body – by ensuring that there is a robust supply ...