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ETMC prepares for blood drive
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TRINITY — In an effort to increase the availability of blood, ETMC Trinity will host the Carter Blood Care Mobile Unit from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. The theme for the spring blood drive is, "Have a Heart – Give the Gift of Life" and to make things fun for the entire community, ETMC Trinity Administrator Brett Kirkham said "Cupid" will distribute some free lunch vouchers, both in the hospital and in the community, to promote the event. Recipients of a voucher can enjoy a delicious lunch in the new ETMC Trinity cafeteria compliments of the hospital. According to Carter BloodCare Donor Recruitment Consultant Belinda Murphy, the current inventory of all blood types, especially O-negative, A-negative and B-negative, is significantly less than the preferred supply for the community. Persons with the O-negative blood type make up only 7 percent of the general population, while those with B-negative are a mere 2 percent. Carter Blood Care supplies many of the hospitals in East Texas, including ETMC Trinity. Murphy noted that O-negative blood is commonly used for emergencies because any patient can receive it until their own type is known. Potential blood donors must be at least 16 years old with a parent's consent. Those 17 years old may donate independently. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health. A photo ID is required. There is no upper age limit for donors, and most medications do not interfere with donor eligibility. ETMC is a not-for-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life in communities throughout East Texas. Other ETMC facilities include hospitals in Athens, Carthage, Clarksville, Crockett, Fairfield, Gilmer, Henderson, Jacksonville, Mount Vernon, Pittsburg, Quitman, and Tyler.