Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Blood Banks Dangerously Low

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital will Hold a Drive to Shore up Supplies after Hurricane Irene

MELROSE PARK, Ill. -- Hurricane Irene caused more than 60 American Red Cross blood drives to be canceled while at the same time injuring hundreds of people and increasing the need for blood. The American Red Cross provides half of the nation’s blood supply and has called upon the Midwest to help with the dire shortage.
Gottlieb Memorial Hospital staff, including nurses, engineers and housekeepers, rolled up their sleeves during a recent hospital drive to help provide much needed blood. 
"Humans are the only source of blood, there is no synthetic substitute," said Jean Wojtanek, a laboratory manager at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. "Medical staffers know firsthand the importance of blood in saving lives; at Gottlieb we are the first to roll up our sleeves to continue the care and give our own blood to help others."
The U.S. blood supply was already low before Hurricane Irene hit, the American Red Cross said.
"The cancellation of 60 drives resulted in a shortfall of more than 2,100 donations, and that number may rise due to damage in many areas," said Luther Harmon, American Red Cross coordinator for the Gottlieb Memorial Hospital blood drive.

Did you know?

  • Every 2 seconds someone needs blood in the U.S.

  • More than 238,000 blood donations are needed in the U.S. every day

  • One blood donation can save up to three lives

  • A single trauma victim can require up to 100 pints of blood

  • 25 percent of us will need a blood transfusion in our lifetime, yet only 5 percent of eligible donors give blood

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.