Valley blood drives scheduled next week |

Valley blood drives scheduled next week

Joyce Hollister

There’s a critical blood shortage in Northern Nevada, but three Carson Valley blood drives next week will give you the opportunity to help reduce it.

“What we have is a horrible cold and flu season,” said Nyla Emerson of the United Blood Services in Carson City. “The flu season has been hanging around, and it makes donors ineligible. We’re looking for healthy blood donors.

“This has hurt our blood drives terribly. Donors come in and they don’t know they’re sick. We check them and they’re running a fever. We have to send them away.”

In addition, Emerson said, what with skiing and Christmas shopping, people are too busy to think about donating blood.

Blood is needed whether people donate or not, but Emerson said that some surgeries have had to be rescheduled because blood for patients has not been available.

“It has been years since we had a situation like this,” Emerson said. To make matters worse, usually during the last two weeks of the year, two blood drives a day are scheduled. This year, only two are for the entire period.

n Next Tuesday, Dec. 2, the Michelle Drew Memorial Blood Drive will be held at the CVIC Hall in Minden, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by the Soroptimist International of Carson Valley, Tumblewind and the Town of Minden.

To make an appointment, call Roxanne Stangle or Lee Reiner at 782-2444, days, or Stangle in the evening at 782-4227.

“Normally it’s a good thing to make an appointment,” Emerson said, “but we don’t turn anyone away unless they’re sick.”

n On Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 3 and 4, Douglas High School will hold its Fall Blood Drive 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m. daily in the new small gym at the high school. For information or an appointment, call Rick Booth, 782-5136. You must be 17 years old.

Blood donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and are asked to have eaten a good meal. They will be given a mini-physical, including taking their temperature, testing for iron and a blood pressure check.

Donors should expect to spend from 45 minutes to an hour giving blood. It doesn’t hurt, Emerson said, except for the prick on the finger to test for iron in the blood.

As many as 60 donors can be accommodated at the blood drive.

“I hope everyone will have a safe holiday, get fattened up over the weekend and see us at the blood drives,” she said.