Noridian hosted a blood drive with Vitalant on June 17 at Noridian which helped collect a total of 13 units of blood products for patients in need.

Thirteen individuals volunteered to donate blood, and 12 individuals were able to donate at the drive. One donor gave Power Red Cells (2RBC), which collects two units of red blood cells while returning platelets, plasma and a saline solution back to the donor. One person volunteered for the first time.

Vitalant expressed its gratitude to Kayla Moore, who coordinated the drive, and Noridian Healthcare Solutions, which sponsored the blood drive.

Vitalant strives to keep a five-day supply of every blood type on the shelf at all times to be able to meet the needs of patients across the region. Donations from O-negative donors, the universal blood type, are especially important this time of year due to increased accidents and trauma cases.

Vitalant is the only blood provider to nearly 70 hospitals across the region. The blood supply is dependent on donations from volunteer donors to ensure the lifesaving needs of the region are met.

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About 30 percent of Vitalant’s blood supply goes to cancer patients across the region and one in seven people entering the hospital will need blood.