April is Donate Life Month

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April is Donate Life Month!

Did you know that patients undergoing an organ transplant will need blood during the procedure?

Here’s a look at how much blood is needed depending on the procedure:

Liver Transplant

6-10 units of red blood cells

20 units of plasma

10 units of platelets

Kidney Transplant

1-2 units of red blood cells

Heart Transplant

2-6 units of red blood cells

Adult Open-heart Surgery

2-6 units of red blood cells

2-4 units of plasma

1-10 units of platelets

Newborn Open-heart Surgery

1-4 units of red blood cells

1-2 units of plasma

1-4 units of platelets

You can help support these patients by donating blood, and registering to become an organ donor. Take a moment and register to become an organ, eye or tissue donor through our friends at Donate Life Virginia. Learn more here: https://www.donatelifevirginia.org/

All participating donors during the month of April will receive a limited edition tote bag, while supplies last! If you’d like to donate on behalf of Donate Life Virginia, please mention this at registration!

VBS is partnering with Donate Life Virginia for several blood drives this month!

Two special blood drives are being held in honor of local heart recipient, 2 year old Kyrie Hughes. After being diagnosed with a heart condition, he received a blood transfusion on his first birthday. Through his treatment and eventual heart transplant procedure at UVA Medical Center, Kyrie received blood 6 different times. Since receiving his heart in June 2016, Kyrie is doing well, and his family encourages others to be organ and blood donors to continue impacting and saving lives.

Tuesday, April 4th

UVA Medical Center – Dining Hall Conference Room

1221 Lee Street, Charlottesville

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday, April 28th

UVA Medical Center – Dining Hall Conference Room

1221 Lee Street, Charlottesville

3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

We will also have information about becoming an organ donor at the following blood drives:

Tuesday, April 11

Randolph Macon College

Crenshaw Alumni Gym

12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, April 14

University of Richmond

Alice Haynes Room

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 27th

Henrico Human Services

8600 Dixon Powers Road, Richmond

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Rules:  Promotion runs April 1- 30, 2017. All participating donors will receive one tote bag while supplies last. Limited quantities available. Promotion good at all donor centers and mobile drives, excluding those at high schools. Giveaways are nontransferable, nonrefundable and not redeemable for cash. Must be at least 18 years of age (16 and 17 years of age with signed parental consent) for actual donation.   ITxM employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate. Void where prohibited by law. Please bring ID with you on the day of donation. Proper ID is required to donate blood. A donor or military ID, driver’s license, passport or employee or student ID with picture and full name are all approved forms of ID. Birth certificate along with a picture ID that includes the donor’s full name will also be accepted.