Thursday, September 6, 2007
Marshall Countians give blood
By SUE WATSON
Mississippi Blood Services (MBS) got a shot in the arm Thursday with the help of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies including GEO, the courthouse staff and Holly Springs Police Department.
MBS drew 33 pints of blood in the drive, according to Jennifer Hudson, local marketing representative with MBS. She said hospitals are in dire need of blood of all types.
And blood is very expensive, starting off at $200 a pint and going up depending on the supply, she said. The cost of blood varies from one hospital to another.
MBS recruits in Mississippi for the blood needed here, she said.
Donors can build up an insurance supply that covers themselves and their immediate family for a period of time, according to Sharon Austin, supervisor over the bloodmobile.
Hudson said stocks of blood are stretched during the holidays and are mostly needed for surgeries and traumatic injuries.
“Right now our company is on appeal, meaning we have no blood on the shelf and we do not have blood to supply our hospitals,” Hudson said. “Some of our hospitals have had to cancel surgeries for up to one or two weeks.”
“We like to say, the life you save may be your own,” said Austin.
Hudson added, “Unfortunately, that rings true for people more often than you think.”
She thanked the law enforcement community for participating in Thursday’s drive, the first ever at the Sheriff’s Department, according to David Cook, who helped coordinate the drive with MBS.
“We’d like to give back to the community a little bit,” Cook said. “Every little bit helps.”
According to MBS, over two million people are injured in motor vehicle accidents each year and over 75,000 are hospitalized with severe burn injuries. Without blood donations, many of these victims would be fatality statistics.
Also, 45 million surgeries are performed each year including open heart surgeries, hip and knee replacements and organ transplants. Without blood donations, those surgeries wouldn’t be performed.
About four million people are diagnosed with cancer. Without blood donations, many do not have a fighting chance.
Over 70,000 people have sickle cell disease. Without blood transfusions, those with sickle cell disease suffer immense pain and a short life expectancy.
MBS’s donor protection policy covers four categories – donor and donor’s family, donor and specified person or family, group coverage, and special groups/designated patient.
Group coverage requires donation credits equal to 25 percent of group membership, with a minimum of 25 blood donation credits, for all members in the group to receive donor protection.
MBS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. To inquire further about MBS donor protection or ask for a group coverage plan for a church, school, civic group, or business/company plan call Hudson at 662-316-2393 or MBS at 888-90blood. MBS is located at 1995 Lakeland Drive, Jackson, MS 39216.
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