United Blood Services: Blood needs in Las Vegas are met for now

Ebony Scott
October 6, 2017

In the wake of Sunday night's mass shooting, the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center has been in touch with the local Las Vegas blood suppliers through Blood Centers of America, the national network.

"I said well, instead of going to the gym I'm going to go donate blood", said Ralph Brewer.

If you want to help, United Blood Services needs blood donations, water, blankets, & chairs for the people waiting in line.

"So whether it's to our hospital associates or to a disaster or emergency, we feel like we can get blood to where it's needed".

Similarly, the American Red Cross does not need financial donations right now, but is encouraging people to donate blood.

AuBuchon said donating this week will help Bloodworks contribute when supplies in Las Vegas become low.

A spokesperson for United Blood Services said their clinics in Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, and Chandler are open today until 5:30 p.m. for walk-in donations; however, long wait times are expected.

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The Community Blood Center supplies blood to about 55 local hospitals.

So many people have shown up to donate blood that United Blood Services has started using two bloodmobiles set up in the parking lot.

"If you would like to donate blood for the injured victims of the Strip shooting visit the Labor Health & Welfare Clinic, 7135 W. Sahara".

The blood center was flooded with calls and a steady stream of donors.

"These tragic events serve as a reminder of why it is so important for us to be doing our part with blood donation", Merritt said.

According to several sources, this Las Vegas shooting is the deadliest in modern U.S. history. The blood donations collected here are not now expected to be needed in Las Vegas due to their suppliers and the massive donations made in Las Vegas, but blood banks try to always be prepared.

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