Can we count on you this summer?
That’s the question the Rhode Island Blood Center is asking individuals who donate blood this spring in a program it calls “Count Me In.”
“Summertime presents some of the most difficult challenges for blood collection,” says Frank Prosnitz, the Rhode Island Blood Center’s communications manager. “Schools, which account for well over 10 percent of our blood supply, are on vacation. Many businesses close for a period of time during the summer for company-wide vacations, and individuals and families take extra time off during the summer. But blood needs never take a vacation.”
Having blood products available and safe every day is critical for patients everywhere. In Rhode Island and at many hospitals in Southern New England, patients rely upon the Rhode Island Blood Center to assure that the blood products are there when they need it.
When blood donors make a blood donation this spring, they will be asked to also agree to a donation this summer, specifying which month they intend to donate. By doing so, they will help the Rhode Island Blood Center manage the blood supply this summer, assuring the availability of blood supplies for patients throughout the region.