Trauma Awareness Month highlights the importance of blood donations

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LANSING, MI (WILX) - In December 2017, Jeff Gosliga was rushed to the hospital following a car accident.

To treat his serious injuries, he needed 11 units of blood.

That's about the amount of blood in an average adult’s body.

“I never had reason to think a lot about blood, where it came from or how it arrived at hospitals; my accident changed all of that,” said Gosliga.

Gosliga was fortunate that the blood needed for his transfusions was available.

However, the American Red Cross wants to remind the public that there is no way to predict when or where an accident will happen.

So, during May, which is Trauma Awareness Month, the Red Cross wants to make everyone aware of what it takes to make sure a trauma center is prepared the moment any injured patient arrives.

In trauma situations, when there’s no time to check a patient’s blood type, emergency personnel reach for type O negative red blood cells and type AB plasma because they can be transfused to patients of any blood type.

But less than 7 percent of the population has type O negative blood, and only about 4 percent of the population has type AB blood.

This is where donors become critical.

Donors of all blood types are being urged by the Red Cross to give now to help meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions.

You can make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

During May, the following blood drives are being held in our area:

Clinton County

Westphalia

5/6/2019: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., St. Mary Parish Hall, 209 N Westphalia St

Ovid

5/23/2019: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Ovid VFW-Lions Club, 214 S. Main Street

Saint Johns

5/23/2019: 12 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., Duplain Church of Christ, 5565 E Colony Rd

Eaton County

Lansing

5/4/2019: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Great Lakes Christian College, 6211 W Willow

Charlotte

5/7/2019: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., American Legion Post 42, 1000 W Lawrence Ave

Eaton Rapids

5/13/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 600 South Main

Ingham County

Stockbridge

5/2/2019: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Stockbridge Presbyterian Church, 101 S. Center Street

Leslie

5/3/2019: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Leslie High School, 4141 Hull Road

Okemos

5/11/2019: 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., St. Martha Catholic Church, 1100 W. Grand River

Haslett

5/17/2019: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Haslett Community Church, 1427 Haslett Road

Lansing

5/22/2019: 9 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Radisson Hotel, 111 North Grand Ave

In thanks, all those who come to donate blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross May 1 through June 10, 2019, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal and More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

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