Bellevue Bloodworks Northwest accepting blood donation for victims of Las Vegas mass shooting

  • Monday, October 2, 2017 12:01pm
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In partnership with the United Blood Services in Las Vegas, Bloodworks Northwest is offering emergency blood components for the medical treatment of people injured in the horrific shooting on the night of Sunday, Oct. 1.

Bloodworks Northwest is urging people in the Northwest to donate blood to help the victims of the shooting.

To donate in Bellevue, visit Bloodworks Northwest at 1807 132nd Ave. NE.

“We know that a large number of patients will need treatment and ongoing care,” said Dr. James P. AuBuchon, President and CEO of Bloodworks Northwest. “We expect to be called upon and stand ready to assist immediately with emergency shipments.”

The Las Vegas United Blood Services organization advised that while their immediate hospital requirements are being met, additional supplies will be needed.

“We’re urging local donors who have not donated recently — regulars and first-timers — to help us build strong local inventories by donating this week so we can be ready to respond when shipments to Las Vegas are needed to help victims of this tragedy,” said Dr. AuBuchon.

Donors can schedule an appointment at schedule.bloodworksNW.org or by calling 1-800-398-7888.

Responding to emergencies, whether local or national, requires blood that is already collected, tested, on the shelves and ready for immediate use. When disasters happen and emergency transfusions are required, the need is acute for most-common Type O blood, platelets and universal AB plasma.

It takes about 800 donors a day to maintain a sufficient supply for the nearly 100 hospitals served by Bloodworks Northwest for support of patients in the Pacific Northwest undergoing organ transplants, receiving treatment for cancer and blood disorders, receiving support for traumatic injuries, and undergoing surgeries – even more donations are necessary to respond to this emergency.

“While our primary mission supports local patients, when catastrophes happen we do whatever we can to help — even when local supplies are as tight as they’ve been in recent weeks,” Dr. AuBuchon said. “Whether the need is local or somewhere else, we need to be able to respond instantly — and for that we need stronger inventories all the time.

Donors can also can check online at BloodworksNW.org to find dates and times of mobile drives close to where they live or work.

For a complete list of Bloodworks Northwest donor centers, view the list below:

Bellevue Center

1807 132nd Avenue NE

Bellevue, WA 98005

425-453-4011

Bellingham Center

410 W Bakerview Rd., Suite 117

Bellingham, WA 98226

360-671-8848

Central Seattle

921 Terry Avenue

Seattle, WA 98104

206-292-6500

Everett Center

2703 Oakes Avenue

Everett, WA 98201

425-740-2909

Federal Way Center

1414 S 324TH Street

Suite B101

Federal Way, WA 98003

253-945-8660

Lynnwood Center

19723 Highway 99, Suite F

Lynnwood, WA 98036

425-412-1000

Olympia Center

1220 Eastside Street SE

Olympia, WA 98501

360-596-3950

North Seattle Center

10357 Stone Avenue N.

Seattle, WA 98133

206-526-1970

Silverdale Center

3230 NW Randall Way

Silverdale, WA 98383

360-308-7340

Tukwila Center

130 Andover Park E

Tukwila, WA 98188

206-241-6300

Vancouver, WA Donor Center

9320 NE Vancouver Mall Blvd, Suite100

Vancouver, WA 98662

360-567-4800

Lane Blood Center

2211 Willamette St

Eugene, OR 97405

541-484-9111

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