Tomah Health: Blood donors needed heading into summer

TOMAH (WKBT) – Health care officials in Tomah need the public’s help preparing for an increased need for blood this summer.

According to Tomah Health, Memorial Day weekend puts stress on the blood supply.

“Increased travel and summer break often lead to higher blood usage,” said Versiti Blood Center account representative Emalea Cogdill. “Tragic events or a large crisis would lead to a spike in blood usage.”

To help meet the need, Tomah Health and Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin are holding a two-day blood drive May 24 and 25 from 12:00pm – 5:00pm at Tomah’s Recreation Park. The event will not be at Tomah Health due to continued COVID visitor restrictions.

 “We continue to thank Tomah Parks & Recreation director Joe Protz and his staff for use of Recreation Park for our drives,” Tomah Health marketing & public relations director Eric Prise said.

To donate blood, a person must be in good health, at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and have photo identification. Sixteen-year-olds may also donate with parental consent. While the process for whole blood donation usually takes about one hour, the blood collection itself is usually about 10 minutes. Donors are encouraged to register for a donation time at Tomah Health’s website.

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