WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — The Wright-Patterson Blood Donor Center, located on the second floor clinic side of the Wright-Patterson Medical Center in Room 2D28, is the place for volunteers to donate blood.
Maj. Erica Robinson, clinical laboratory scientist who has been stationed at the medical center for the past year, said they have met their quota the last three months. Robinson wanted to say “thank you” to Team Wright-Patt and base leadership for their continued support of the blood donor program, especially with the Base Newcomers Orientation, led by Col. Elena Oberg, vice-commander of the 88th Air Base Wing.
The Blood Donor Center’s mission is to collect blood at the medical center, but they also travel to other locations in Area A and Area B, such as Civil Engineering, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Air Force Material Command, Air Force Institute of Technology and Air Force Research Laboratory.
The blood donor team will also go outside the base as far as Cincinnati and Columbus. They travel to colleges with ROTC programs such as Wright State University, University of Dayton and The Ohio State University for blood donations.
Other locations include the Food & Drug Administration and the Dayton VA.
A Mobile Blood Drive was just completed Jan. 6 at the USO center in the KittyHawk Area of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where they had 15 people donate, which is one half of the blood center’s weekly quota.
Times for mobile blood drives are 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for AFMC Family Days and Holidays. Walk-ins are also welcomed.
The blood donation center is open for donations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Blood donations are shipped to our war fighters across the globe to save lives,” said Robinson. “Our weekly quota to support our war fighters is 35 to 45 units of blood per week. Any extra over that number goes to patients at the medical center who need blood transfusions.”
Blood donors may give blood every eight weeks and many of these donors regularly donate. Type O blood is 45 percent of all Americans and O positive is 85 percent as compared to O negative. Type O positive can be given to anyone regardless of their blood type and with war-time injuries. One trauma victim may require 40-plus units. One donation can save up to three people.
There are various ways to sign up through email: [email protected], or at www.militaryblood.dod.mil and Facebook.com/WrightPattBlood. Call 937-257-0580 for questions about donating blood and eligibility.
Story courtesy of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.