Urgent plea for blood donations after Amtrak train derailment

After the Amtrak train derailed in Washington, blood centers are making an urgent plea for donations.

Posted: Dec 20, 2017 10:24 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane Bloodworks will be holding blood drives after the derailment of an Amtrak train in Washington.

"Bloodworks has issued more than 150 units of blood to respond to emergency orders from hospitals receiving people injured in the tragedy," said James P. AuBuchon, MD. "Many of the casualties have been taken to South Sound hospitals— including St. Joseph's Medical Center, St. Peter's Hospital and Madigan Army Medical Center— who all depend on Bloodworks to meet their patient needs."

Some blood types are down to critical levels specifically O-type blood, AB plasma and platelets. They said all donations are needed, especially this time of the year when people are busy with holidays and don't have as much time to donate.

There is a blood drive on December 20th - 21st at the Valley River Center from noon to 6 p.m. and again December 26th-27th.

For those who can't make it out to the blood drives, Lane Bloodworks is encouraging them to make an appointment or walk into their office on Willamette Street. To make an appointment click here.

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