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SAVING MOTHERS IS FOCUS OF WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY - CBC SUPPORTS JUNE 14 OBSERVANCE & GIVE BANDAGE CAMPAIGN

June 12, 2014

DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center (CBC) is supporting World Blood Donor Day Saturday, June 14 with the 2014 campaign focus on "Safe blood for saving mothers" and the slogan "Give blood for those who give life." 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every day about 800 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications.  Severe bleeding during delivery and after childbirth is a major cause of mortality, morbidity and long-term disability.  The goal of the campaign is to increase awareness about why timely access to safe blood and blood products is essential for all countries as part of a comprehensive approach to prevent maternal deaths.

"At Community Blood Center, we require about 300 volunteer blood donor registrations every day to help supply the blood products for patients in need of transfusions" said Chief Operating Officer of Blood Services Jodi Minneman.  "Many of those patients are mothers who experience complicated childbirth.  A volunteer blood donor is helping patients of all ages, from pre-mature babies to the elderly.  World Blood Donor Day is a one opportunity to say thank you."

In 2014, more than 4.5 million Americans will require a blood transfusion, making year-round blood donation a critical way to give back to your community.

CBC is again partnering with America's Blood Centers in the Nexcare give campaign, an annual nationwide blood donation initiative that encourages Americans to donate blood and bring attention to World Blood Donor Day.

Exclusive for 2014, Nexcare is launching free, limited-edition give Bandages inspired by five artistic movements, including Abstract, Contemporary, Impressionism, Pop Art and Street Art, to celebrate "The Art of Giving."

All CBC Donor Centers (Dayton, Springfield, West Chester, OH and Richmond, IN) will offer free, limited-edition Nexcare give Bandages to donors.  Visitors to the Nexcare Brand Facebook page, can sign up to receive free bandages, locate community blood centers and share personal stories.  Blood donation centers across the country will be distributing give bandages to those who donate blood from Monday, June 9 to Saturday, June 14.

KEY MESSAGES FOR WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY 2014

  • A single unit of donated blood can save up to three lives.
  • Many patients requiring transfusion, particularly in developing      countries, do not have timely access to safe blood.
  • Regular voluntary blood donors are the safest source of blood.  There are fewer blood-borne infections      among these donors than among people who donate for family members in      emergencies or who give blood for payment.
  • In low- and middle-income countries, the greatest use of donated      blood is for pregnancy-related complications and severe childhood anemia.
  • In high-income countries, transfusion is most commonly used for      supportive care in heart surgery, transplant surgery, massive trauma and      cancer therapy.
  • Providing safe and adequate blood through well-organized, national      blood systems should be an integral part of every country's national      health-care policy.
  • WHO's goal is for all countries to obtain all their blood supplies      from 100 percent voluntary unpaid donors by 2020.