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Need for blood donors in Augusta area called 'urgent'

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 1:26 PM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 5:17 AM
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Blood bank supplies have dropped to extremely low levels in the Augusta area, prompting an urgent need for blood donors.

A daily inventory indicated that supplies of O-negative and O-positive blood types will last less than one day, said Linda Petersen, the marketing manager for Shepeard Community Blood Center. Supplies for B-positive, A-negative and B-negative will last less than three days.

“We have an urgent need,” Petersen said. “It can happen overnight.”

Blood supplies can drop quickly when hospitals treat patients requiring large amounts of blood, such as trauma and surgery patients, she said. Cancer and burn patients also require blood.

“You can’t get blood in a factory. The only way we can get this blood is through the kindness of the people,” Petersen said.

Critically low blood supplies have hit blood banks across the nation. Peterson said banks often experience lower donations during January.

Although AB-positive, A-positive and A-negative blood types are in good supply, Shepeard encourages everyone to donate to prevent shortages.

BLOOD CENTERS OPEN

Three Shepeard Community Blood Centers are open today:

• 1533 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; (706) 737-4551

• 4329 Washington Road, Evans; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; (706) 854-1582

• 353 Fabian Drive, Aiken; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; (803) 643-7996

BLOOD DRIVES TODAY

• Morningside Assisted Living, 353 N. Belair Road, Evans; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Belvedere Elementary School, 201 Rhombold Place, Belvedere; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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David Parker
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David Parker 01/19/12 - 02:31 pm
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give it up. you know you can

give it up. you know you can always make more.

peace4784
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peace4784 01/19/12 - 03:09 pm
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I guess now blood is more
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I guess now blood is more valuable than gold.

peace4784
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peace4784 01/19/12 - 03:57 pm
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A Socialist gives blood. A
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A Socialist gives blood. A Capitalist sells blood.

BamaMan
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BamaMan 01/19/12 - 04:31 pm
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It doesn't hurt and you can

It doesn't hurt and you can save 3 local lives with just one donation. I've been giving for 40 years, and I feel good everytime I give.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 01/19/12 - 05:33 pm
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Just make an in-person visit

Just make an in-person visit to Dr. Acula's office any time after 8pm...

copperhead
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copperhead 01/19/12 - 09:38 pm
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Yep,we donate blood out of

Yep,we donate blood out of the goodness of our heart and they only charge $800 per pint.

KSL
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KSL 01/19/12 - 09:57 pm
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My father, a WW2 vet, came

My father, a WW2 vet, came back and gave every time he could. He had given gallons and gallons to the Red Cross with the promise that when anyone in his family would have to pay for blood if they needed it. Well, in the late 50's when my dad's father had to have serious cancer surgery and needed a lot of blood, the Red Cross in Georgia couldn't or wouldn't go to bat for the Red Cross in New York and allow that credit for blood to be applied to my dad's father. He quit giving. He was done giving. And I don't blame him.

KSL
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KSL 01/19/12 - 10:00 pm
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Seriously, copper, do they

Seriously, copper, do they really charge that much? I never know when to take you seriously.

copperhead
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copperhead 01/19/12 - 10:33 pm
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That's what was on MY

That's what was on MY hospital bill. What they charge anybody else is a guess.

copperhead
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copperhead 01/19/12 - 10:43 pm
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It took 4 months of wrangling

It took 4 months of wrangling to get the hospital to tell me what the code meant. It was just a number and i almost had to get a lawyer just to have them explain the charges. Example- 9/123456-brsc-$7200

KSL
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KSL 01/19/12 - 11:03 pm
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copperhead, a dang t-shirt

copperhead, a dang t-shirt for an $800 product. I'm rethinking. Yeah, I know they have to test the blood to make certain we don't have AIDS or Hep, but dang. I'd like to own a business with that profit margin.

copperhead
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copperhead 01/19/12 - 11:14 pm
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3 days in the hospital for a

3 days in the hospital for a bleeding ulcer-$42,500

KSL
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KSL 01/20/12 - 01:40 am
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In 2003 my husband had open

In 2003 my husband had open heart surgery to repair a hole in heart and a damaged valve and it cost only about $50,000. He was at MCG for 3 plus days. Released and we went to me to Sams Club to get a big piece of beef. We were so tired of the carbs the hospital was feeding both of us. the medical care was excellent.

Common.sense
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Common.sense 01/22/12 - 11:34 am
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Happy

Happy

proud2bamerican
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proud2bamerican 01/20/12 - 08:20 am
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I am not sure, but I believe

I am not sure, but I believe Shepheard sells the blood and the Red Cross does not. Any confirmations?

David Parker
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David Parker 01/20/12 - 09:31 am
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filled a bag after work

filled a bag after work yesterday. Looking for fake ID to go back today and give more. My blood is my business, so whether it's used for ink or to save a life, the dollars are irrelevant from my perspective. Although ink blood is grody to the max.

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BamaMan 01/20/12 - 09:49 am
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Blood, just like body parts

Blood, just like body parts have no price, it's actually illegal to charge for human organs. Unfortunately they have to charge for lab, etc. Would you mind paying lab fees, etc for a heart for a loved one to keep them alive? I will give blood as long as I am healthy enough to give. I know I have saved many lives through the years, and it doesn't cost me a thing but about 20 minutes of my time - time well spent in my opinion. BTW: Shepeard is the only one in town that keeps local blood local. No, I don't work for them.

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iLove 01/20/12 - 10:18 am
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I agree David. Who cares. .
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I agree David. Who cares. . . .just give if you can. . . I would hate for you to need, and there not be any....

Give! Give! Give! You will make more....awwww the facinating power of the human body......praise God for his creation!

kevsbb
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kevsbb 01/20/12 - 10:33 am
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Shepeard is our community

Shepeard is our community blood bank whose mission is to provide blood to the local community by collecting from the local community. The actual blood is given by the kindness of individuals and can not be sold. The charges that individuals see on hospital bills are the processing charge, testing charge and the actual transfusion itself. Currently there is no substitute for blood and we must rely on each other to sustain life. Every blood center in the United States is set up the same way. By supporting Shepeard the processing fees and testing fees are very low because shipping and travel is not involved. We also get to employ individuals locally providing jobs. Yes I do work for Shepeard and would be honored to provide a tour or additional information to anyone who would like it. Please always remember we work for you ensuring your gift of life makes it to the correct patient at the correct time.

lieutenantkitten
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lieutenantkitten 01/20/12 - 10:33 am
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BamaMan is correct, and when

BamaMan is correct, and when you think about it, you can't just go in there yourself and get it out. It takes trained professionals, and believe me with those needles you want trained professionals. And, there is also a running cost to keep the blood housed and ready. Don't go off half-cocked blaming the blood centers for costs to bills from helathcare centers. If it wasn't for the blood ceneters many people would not have been saved. I don't know how the red cross operates, but yes, Shepeard keeps it local.

Equaltreatmentforall
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Equaltreatmentforall 01/20/12 - 10:54 am
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I'm going today to give. It

I'm going today to give. It doesn't make much difference to me but if my loved one needed it, it would make all the difference in the world. What you got to lose? Come join me.

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SGT49 01/20/12 - 11:20 am
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When I was in Navy boot camp

When I was in Navy boot camp I was required to give blood after a day of marching and other physical activities in the heat. After, I promptly passed out. Since then, I had this underlying fear of giving blood. Many times, such as after 9/11, I meant to, but always found an excuse to skip it. Finally, last August I determined to give blood. I swallowed my fear and stepped into a blue bus full of the most pleasant ladies. They stuck that needle in my arm; not so bad. After, I sat around waiting to pass out; nothing. The whole process was a piece of cake. I've since given again and plan to continue to do so every couple of months. I'm sorry I waited so long and hope I can make up for all those times I missed. If you're sitting on the fence about giving, go ahead. There's nothing to it. BTW, I'm 62. This old dog learned a new trick.

Boston93
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Boston93 01/20/12 - 01:44 pm
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I am now 74, but have no idea

I am now 74, but have no idea how many pints of O-Neg Blood over the years, and suspect close to 2 gallons. Makes you feel good, especially the next day after you have restocked. Due to health problems and medications, I no longer can donate. Wish I could as I remember those high days after the donation. Not the 5 minute booster seen on TV adds daily, but rather a 24 hour blood high with the newly made blood. Everyone needs to NIKE it. "Just Do It."

IsAmericaFree
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IsAmericaFree 01/20/12 - 02:09 pm
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I took my 16 yr old to

I took my 16 yr old to Shepeard in Evans about 2 weeks ago. It was his first time. Unfortunately, he passed out cold about half pint in. Those ladies there were remarkable. They took such great care of him. He was so discouraged when he learned they couldn't use what they had taken. I'm proud he made the effort and he's marked the calendar for the date they told him he can come back.

THANK YOU LADIES @ SHEPEARD!

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lpetersen 01/20/12 - 07:24 pm
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Just wanted to clarify for

Just wanted to clarify for Proud2bamerican. The question was does Shepeard sell the blood that is donated? I am happy to report that Shepeard is a non-profit and does not sell blood. The Food and Drug Administration regulates the blood industry and one of the FDA rules is that blood bags must be labeled "volunteer" or "paid". Shepeard collects volunteer blood donations exclusively because our mission is to provide blood that can be transfused into people. Shepeard partners with you to provide the blood needed for patients in 20 local hospitals. within the CSRA and our regional burn center that covers South Caroina and Georgia. Hope that helps! : )

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