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Rex calls on donors as blood supply reaches critical level

Posted August 7, 2012

Rex Blood Services is calling for donors to help replenish blood supplies, which are reaching critical levels.

Rex officials said that supplies are especially low for A-positive, A-negative and B-positive blood types.

Rex Blood Services supplies blood to Rex Hospital and other area hospitals.

Donors may visit the Rex Blood Center in Raleigh at 2709 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 150, across from Rex Hospital, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. The center is also open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

There are free lunches for donors from noon to 2 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, and appointments are strongly recommended during those times.

The center also is open on the first and third Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, call Rex Blood Services at 919-784-4750.
 

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  • SirWired Aug 8, 2012

    If you want to "turbo charge" your blood donation, ask Rex about singing up as a Platelet donor. You are plugged into a machine (lined with disposable tubing of course), your blood is spun, the a portion of the platelets extracted, and you get the rest back. You can donate platelets up to 26 times a year, and you don't actually lose much blood, which means you don't feel tired or weak afterwards. Platelets cannot be preserved and only last for 3-4 days on the shelf, so they need a steady supply. One platelet donation contains 8-16x the usable platelet component from whole blood donations.

  • htomc42 Aug 8, 2012

    I hear that the Rex system will give you free blood if you need it, if you are hospitalized and are one of their blood donors. Perhaps -that- is what we need- either some real substantive benefit, or perhaps even some reasonable payment for blood and organs.

    It's great that so many people donate as do, but that whole model just isn't capable of keeping up with the demand- there seem to be perpetual shortages, emergency calls for donors, etc. It might not be quite as "noble" to be paid for donating blood, but if that makes the difference between people having it and not having it, isn't it worth a try?

  • jdag Aug 7, 2012

    Please donate if you can. It's a small act that means so much. I used to on a regular basis and can't anymore due to a kidney transplant a few years ago.

  • Half Red Half Blue Aug 2, 2012

    Unfortunately I just donated two weeks ago through The Red-Cross. Can't wait to get my 5 gallon pin!

  • TipTip Aug 2, 2012

    My grand daughter's mother has Sickle Cell and regularly has blood transfusions at Rex. She is A positive. Thanks to anyone who is donating blood and please pass this message on. Thanks a bunch.

  • brassy Aug 2, 2012

    Judging from their blood drive schedule, they don't seem to need donors anywhere north of the beltline.

  • pirategirl12 Aug 2, 2012

    I plan on going to donate to the Rex Blood Bank. Pls use caution if going to any of the blood drives at various locations such as schools, etc...I have a close family member who developed a bacterial infection in her blood stream from giving blood. Several months later, she is still in the hospital. :(

  • Queenbee12 Aug 2, 2012

    Kermit60---------

    They have lifted a lot of the old restrictions, I'm sure with the advancements of technology, eventually there will be no restricitons. There use to be a restriction against giving blod if you have had a tattoo in the past 12 months; that is no longer a restriction.

  • kermit60 Aug 2, 2012

    I used to give blood on a regular basis. It seemed every time I went there was another restriction that disqualified donors from giving. They have restricted themselves into a shortage. I guess they think it's better to have someone die from lack of blood than them get blood from a person who might of, could of been maybe exposed 15 years ago.

  • ginny159 Aug 2, 2012

    might actually head out there on Saturday!