Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Blood Donations

My dear friend Erika has been hard at work behind the scenes, gathering information on blood and platelet donations...

Blood and Platelet Donations for Bodie Bennett
Bodie needs at least 6 more donors for both blood and platelets.

Blood: Because Bodie is A+, he is compatible with the four most common blood types (A+, A-, O+, O-). You can donate blood if you are either A or O.

Platelets:There is an urgent need for people to donate platelets in addition to blood. ANY BLOOD TYPE CAN DONATE PLATELETS.

Platelets will be an important part of Bodie's surgery. Platelets will help control the loss of blood which will ensure the surgery will go smoothly. The difference between giving blood and giving blood along with platelets is time. The whole process should take 1-2 hours.

Criteria for Donors: Weigh more than 110lbs, have not left the country in the past year, did not have any tatoos or body piercings in the past year and some medications could disqualify a donor as well. For platelets it is important to avoid any kind of aspirins. Donors can not take pain relievers 48 hours before giving blood. No antibiotics 72 hours before giving blood. Call George, the contact person, to ask whether or not you would be a qualified donor.

Little Bodie's surgery is Monday and people can give blood up to Saturday. They just need to call George to schedule it.

Blood donation contact number: 323-361-2370
Contact person: George

1 comment:

  1. Debbie Cates obtained much of this information before I did :) Thanks Debbie for calling Children's Hospital and getting info!