Versiti Blood Center of Ohio, the blood provider to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, is encouraging Columbus-area residents to make an appointment to donate life-saving blood.
All blood types are needed, but especially O-negative and O-positive donations. O-negative and O-positive blood is the universal blood type, meaning donations can be transfused to all patients, including trauma victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgeries.
To ensure everyone’s safety during continuing coronavirus concerns, Versiti employees wear face masks or cloth face coverings and are temperature tested before their shifts. Donors are also temperature tested and prescreened before their donation. All donors are asked to wear their own face covering during their appointment.
Social distancing is being practiced at all Versiti blood drives. Versiti is efficiently cleaning and disinfecting all facilities and equipment at all drives.
Donating blood takes about an hour. Anyone age 17 or older in good health who meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to give. Parental consent is required for donors age 16 to donate blood. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes their birth date.
Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-485-6594 or visit Versiti online at http://www.versiti.org/ohio.
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