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United Blood Services taking blood donations


Bonfils is part of a network of blood centers in 28 states. Those donations need to be replenished locally, and the blood center wants to be prepared for any more requests it might get from Nevada.

Houchin says blood supplies in Las Vegas are plentiful and new blood donations are not needed.it is asking for platelet donors to donate.

While UBS claims it's in awe of the incredible outpouring of support from the hundreds of local residents and from those across the country, the blood suppliers also said it's important to not that in any situation where blood transfusions are needed, it's the blood already on the shelf that saves lives.

Donors can schedule appointments online or by calling 303-363-2300. Monday, they are dealing with heavy traffic from people looking to make a difference. At this time, the Las Vegas operations of United Blood Services have been able to provide the lifesaving blood needed by hospitals treating these victims.

When you donate, it can take two days for blood to be tested so it can safely enter the blood supply.

"I saw the plea for blood donors in Vegas and wanted to do something to help", said Deanna Barela. "So it's a unique way to give back when tragedy strikes." said Tara Matheson, Manager of Donation Recruitment at Central Illinois Community Blood Centers.

The blood can be used within 48 hours, even though it may not be sent to Las Vegas, it allows the other blood on the shelves to be shipped out immediately.

Individuals who are as young as 16 years of age (with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood.

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