Piedmont Hospital hosts blood drives March 11th and 18th.
ATLANTA, Ga. (March 7, 2011)—The need for blood transfusions is far outpacing donations. In response to this nationwide need, Piedmont Hospital is hosting a blood drive on March 11th at 2727 Paces Ferry Rd., convenient for residents of Vinings, Smyrna and northwest Atlanta, and on March 18th in Piedmont Hospital’s McRae Auditorium, convenient to residents of Buckhead, Midtown, Morningside and Druid Hills.
Because blood has a limited shelf life, the need for blood is constant. Donating blood is a simple process that helps to save more than five million people in need of blood transfusions each year in the United States. Blood is needed every two seconds for emergency medical situations and is often needed for the treatment of accident victims, cancer patients, hemophiliacs and surgery patients. Only about 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, and only a fraction of those eligible actually donate. If you qualify as a donor, Piedmont asks that you visit redcrossblood.org and schedule your appointment using the sponsor code “pied.” Your single donation could save up to three lives across the state.
All blood types are needed, but type O negative donors can make the difference between an adequate blood supply and a shortage. Donors must be 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors must not have given blood in the last 56 days. Walk-ins are welcome; however appointments will be honored first.