Over 20 business leaders gathered for the Highland Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon on Tuesday, Jan 28, to hear featured speaker Director of Donor Recruitment for LifeStream Blood Bank Thresa Lozano.
LifeStream is a nonprofit blood center that was founded in 1951 and serves more than 80 Southern California hospitals in six counties including San Bernardino County.
LifeStream conducts multiple blood drives daily throughout its service area at schools, churches, businesses, government offices, hospitals and service clubs. In 2018 they conducted over 2,000 blood drives. Lozano said they do five blood drives a day but can do up to 12 if there is a need.
Lozano said that there is currently a shortage of O-positive and O-negative blood donations.
Lozano said that LifeStream’s mission is to “Help save lives by connecting donors and patients through the gift of blood.”
She said they “Are the main provider for blood products for patients who survive different tragedies” such as car accidents, cancer treatments, transplants and trauma that require a lot of blood.
Lozano said that LifeStream has “to collect over 500 units a day to meet,” patient needs and that they have to purchase 30 percent of the blood from outside the state because there are not enough donors to meet the demand.
She says blood “needs to be donated two days before it gets used.”
She says you can donate blood every 56 days and that if people donated two to three times a year the state of California's blood supply would be in a much better supply position.
One donation can help multiple patients. Following collection, red blood cells, plasma and platelets are separated, stored and distributed separately.
Blood cannot be manufactured-it can only come from generous donors.
• Blood is composed of 3 main components: red cells, plasma and platelets.
• Most donated red blood cells must be used within 42 days of collection.
• Apheresis is a mode of collection that allows a donor to give only the specific blood component that is in need by patients, such as platelets.
• Platelets are especially in need by cancer patients and must be used within 5 days of collection. New donations are continuously in need.
• All blood types are needed to help patients; the need for type O negative is especially acute. Only 7 percent of U.S. residents have “universal” blood.
• 1 in 7 people entering the hospital will need a blood transfusion.
• Less than 10 percent of the population eligible to donate blood actually does so.
• Every 2 seconds someone needs blood.
• 1 in 7 hospital patients needs blood.
• Blood makes up about 8 percent of the human body.
• A liver transplant recipient needs approximately 45 units of red blood cells, plasma and platelets.
• Heart surgery patients may need 7 units of red blood cells and platelets.
• A marrow transplant recipient needs up to 45 units of red blood cells and platelets.
• Trauma victims can need up to 50 units of red blood cells, platelets and plasma.
• Sickle cell anemia patients need 2 to 10 units of red blood cells per treatment.
To donate blood or for more information on LifeStream Blood Bank go to lstream.org.