It's summer and you're busy enjoying your family and the sunshine. But the Inland Northwest Blood Center says this is the time of year everyone else has the same idea, which is why they want you to take the time to save a life.
As the temperature rises, there's a decrease in blood available for local hospitals. "Unfortunately the more active we are, the higher chance that something could go wrong," INBC marketing and communications specialist Tesia Hummer says.
A crash when you're on that summer road trip, or an accident out on the lake, or even an unexpected surgery could put you in the hospital with a traumatic injury, What if you needed blood this summer but there's none on the shelves?
"It's the blood on the shelves that saves lives. During the summer months, we see a dramatic dip in donations. Nationwide, that average can be about 20%," Hummer says. In the inland northwest,
that decrease has been as high as 40%. Summer demand increases for the same reason as this decrease.
"It kind of creates this catch-22. Donors are understandably going to have fun while the weather's nice, but while they're out there, they're not thinking about blood donation," Hummer explains. Maybe you're enjoying that summer vacation and think someone else will take care of that donation while you're away. "The reality is only 38% of the population is actually eligible to donate blood, and only around 10% of those people actually do donate annually," Hummer says,
INBC is the only blood provider for 35 area hospitals, meaning when you donate you could be saving the life of someone you know. Or it could even be you on the receiving end of a life-saving donation.