Health Report: Fairbanks blood bank calls for donations ahead of July 4th

Published: Jun. 29, 2021 at 4:05 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks Blood Bank of Alaska is calling for blood donations ahead of the July 4th weekend.

According to Westley Dahlgren, Director of Collections and Recruitment with the Blood Bank of Alaska, July 4th is an important time for donations for the blood bank. “The 4th of July is a particular concern for the Blood Bank of Alaska because people are out and about camping, driving, cruising about the state really, not only Fairbanks. The more people out and about, the more chances there are that something bad can happen.”

And while all blood type donations are accepted and wanted, Dahlgren explained there are two in particular the blood bank is looking for. “Specifically, given that the 4th of July weekend is coming up, we would really like to get more O positive and O negative donors to donate. That said, we will encourage any donor who is eligible to come donate. O negative specifically is a universal donor, and that can be given for any recipient. So in traumas and certain situations where they can’t blood type someone fast enough, a car accident for example, they will transfuse O negative until they can find out the recipient’s blood type.”

Despite how crucial blood donations are, Dahlgren emphasized the process takes no time at all. “The staff here at the Fairbanks facility are great. When a donor comes, they’re registered, do a health questionnaire, a screening, a mini-physical, and then the donation process. Usually we get somebody in and out in 45 minutes to an hour.”

For more information of blood donation, visit the Fairbanks Blood Bank of Alaska website or call (907) 456-5645.

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