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CHH Announces Blood Drives, Partnership with Connecticut Blood Center

May 16, 2022

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital will be hosting a blood drive on Thursday, May 26 in the Memorial Conference Room from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. This will be CHH’s first blood drive with the Connecticut Blood Center, which is affiliated with the Rhode Island Blood Center and provides all blood products used at CHH such as red blood cells, platelets and plasma, used at CHH. As a thank you for donating, each presenting donor will be entered into a raffle to win a pair of tickets to see Kane Brown in concert. On May 9, the Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC) and Connecticut Blood Center (CTBC) announced a blood emergency, as school breaks and increased travel have caused an alarming drop in donations. The blood supply currently stands at a two to three day level; platelets along with types O and B- are at just a one to two day supply - well below the ideal inventory of five to seven days. Hospitals and patients rely upon a steady flow of volunteer donors to receive life-saving blood donations. According to the latest figures put out by America’s Blood Centers, only three percent of the U.S. population donates blood. “This time of year can always be difficult for the blood supply, with school breaks and increased travel making blood donations less of a priority,” said Beau Tompkins, Senior Executive Director of the RI and CT Blood Centers. “We highly encourage all who are able to please donate today to help us meet this critical need in our community.” The center's spokesperson said they are excited to host the first blood drive at CHH, especially during this critical time where blood donations are needed. It only takes one hour to donate, and a single donation can save multiple lives. Roughly one in seven hospital admissions require a blood transfusion. Those in need include accident, burn, or trauma victims, cancer patients, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, and many more. Schedule your Donation today.