Approximately one in seven people admitted to a hospital require a blood transfusion, according to the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City.
And with a limited shelf life, supplies must continually be replenished.
To that end, the Community Blood Center is partnering with Fort Leavenworth to host a blood drive at the Mission Training Complex on Saturday on the military installation.
The Community Blood Center reports that it is entering its fourth week of an emergency blood shortage.
“While blood donations tend to slow down in the summer months, the need does not,” said Kim Peck, executive director of the CBC. “Right now, supplies are low and we need all of those who are able to donate and help ensure that every patient and hospital has access to life-saving blood when they need it.”
According to the CBC, in order to maintain a safe blood supply, a seven-day inventory of all blood types must be continually replenished. The CBC reports that reserves are well below that minimum.
“Having barely recovered from a difficult winter, supplies continue to suffer due to low donations and an overall declining donor base in the region,” according to a press release from the CBC.
The blood drive on post is being held in conjunction with Fort Leavenworth Health & Wellness Day. The blood drive will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
The Mission Training Complex is located at 8 Sherman Ave. The event is open to the public. Visitors will not need to check in at the gate.
Donors are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.savealifenow.org/group and enter Group Code EG4U
For more information, call 816-645-4323.
Fort Leavenworth Health & Wellness Day will feature a free 5K walk/run beginning at 9 a.m. at the Mission Training Complex.
The free event also will feature food, music, activities for children and an appearance by the Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders and the team’s mascot KC Wolf.