Scarier than ghosts, ghouls, vampires and zombies this Halloween is a shortage of blood supply in the Zachary community, so from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Lane Regional Medical Center and United Blood Services will partner to host a blood drive.
Although all types are needed there is an increased need for types O and AB blood.
Mitzi Breaux, with United Blood Services, said type O negative blood is the only type that can safely be given to patients of all blood types, while type AB blood is the universal donor for plasma.
“We’ve seen the need for AB plasma grow as more hospitals expand their trauma care,” Breaux said.
All donors will receive a “Monsters are Real” T-shirt while supplies last, a free cholesterol test and earn points in the “Hero in Me” online rewards store, redeemable for movie tickets, pizza, shopping cards and more at bloodhero.com.
To donate, visit the staff development classroom on the first floor of Lane, 6300 Main St. To make an appointment, visit bloodhero.com and enter zip code.
Prior to donating, visit unitedbloodservices.org and select the Health History Questionnaire to complete in privacy. Be sure to print the “fast track donation ticket” and bring the form to the blood drive.
Also, donors can go to the Baton Rouge Donor Center, 8234 One Calais, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays; 7 a.m. to 4 p.m Fridays; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays; and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.
All volunteer donors must be at least age 16, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height and weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger. Those who are younger than age 16 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.
Photo identification is required. For information, call (877) 827-4376.