NCATS-Hosted Blood Drive Helps Patients in Need
According to the American Red Cross, someone in the U.S. needs blood every 2 seconds for surgery, cancer treatment, chronic illness or traumatic injury. Keeping up with this relentless demand is extremely challenging, as units of blood are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.
NCATS staff helped address the blood-supply emergency in the Washington, D.C., area by partnering with the American Red Cross to hold its own blood drive recently in Rockville. More than 40 NCATS staff and members of the public stepped up during the blood drive to donate blood for patients in need.
The NIH Blood Bank at the Clinical Center also takes donations. You can schedule an appointment or walk in Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm.
For more details, see https://cc.nih.gov/blooddonor.