Save a Life This Summer

June 01, 2013

Did you know that one blood donation can help save the lives of up to three people? You could be that donor today.

Consider scheduling an appointment, especially with July Fourth and Labor Day around the corner. “Anytime there is a holiday, we see a spike in severe traumas. There is a critical need for blood immediately when that happens,” says Armondo Romero, director of regional blood donor services for Providence Health & Services, Southern California.

What’s more, Romero says, donations dip during the summer months, when high school students – the single largest donor group – are out of school.

All blood types are needed, with particular emphasis on O-positive and O-negative blood. The latter can be universally transfused to patients of all blood types. O-negative is always in great demand and short supply. Only 7 percent of the population has it.”