Saving a life could take less than an hour
BY rebecca palmer
MountainStar blood services supplies much of the donated blood for Davis County, its donor recruiter Arlene Sparow said at last month’s Health & Wellness Fair, held at the South Davis Recreation Center.
Donated blood is used in medical procedures including surgeries, trauma cases, cancer treatment and newborn care. It is mostly used in Utah when donated through MountainStar, but can be sent out of state in emergencies.
According to the Red Cross, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds. That means more than 44,000 blood donations daily.
Each donation can save the lives of up to three patients, according to a website about MountainStar. For more information, call 877.45. BLOOD (25663) or visit mountainstarblood.com.
You can also donate through the Red Cross at the Layton Donor Center, 852 W Hill Field Road. You can make an appointment to donate by visiting redcrossblood.org/make-donation.
Before giving blood, the Red Cross recommends eating a light meal and drinking plenty of water. You should bring your donor’s card and driver’s license or other identification and a list of the medications you are taking.