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Posted: August 28, 2013

Wanted: Blood donations to save lives during Labor Day weekend

UNTHSC Blood DriveHere are some sobering facts:

  • More than 42,000 people will be hurt in traffic accidents this Labor Day weekend, according to the National Safety Council.
  • A car accident victim may need 100 pints of transfused blood.

Blood donation is more critical than ever, and you can help.

What: Carter BloodCare blood drive, open to the public

When: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5


Atrium, Carl E. Everett Education and Administration Building
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth
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Traffic accident victims tend to need a lot of blood because they often suffer more than one injury, said Arvind Nana, MD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UNTHSC.

Some of these patients trigger a "massive transfusion protocol," Nana said. "The blood bank keeps four units of blood always available for a certain time after admission."

At John Peter Smith Hospital, a Level 1 trauma center, the average trauma patient needs at least one unit of blood, regardless of whether he or she is injured in a traffic accident or in some other fashion, he said.

Help UNTHSC continue its award-winning upward trend in total blood donations during its bi-monthly drives. This July, the campus donated 27 percent more blood than in July 2012.

Donors save lives, plus they receive points redeemable online for their choice of gifts.

If you are with the media and need additional information or would like to arrange an interview,
please contact Jeff Carlton, Director of Media Relations, at 817-735-7630.


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