CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Governor McMaster has teamed up with several other governors to respond to the nationwide blood shortage.
“Every two seconds somebody in this country needs blood. Here in South Carolina, we need 200 units a day to meet the demand of area hospitals,” said Cuthbert Langley, SC Region Red Cross spokesperson.
“I really can’t express the importance of people who take their time and their blood for donation,” said Dr. Stirling Harper of Trident Medical Center.
McMaster has declared September 5th “South Carolina Blood Donation Day.”
“It just really hits home the importance of people giving blood. We don’t think about it but you know, these blood donations can go help somebody who’s suffering from cancer, they can go help somebody who just experienced a car accident. Every two seconds we’ve got to have that blood on the shelves ready to go for somebody who needs it,” Langley said.
Here in Charleston, we have two trauma centers. One trauma patient can use as many as 100 pints of blood.
“We’re in constant need of blood for both hematologic diseases, as well as the large amount of trauma patients that we see,” Harper said.
While you may never really know who your blood saves, one donation can save up to three people.
“It could be your neighbor, it could be you family member, you just don’t know. That’s why it’s important that we always have that blood on the shelves ready to go” Langley said.
“Again, please donate, we rely on your donations every single day and it’s for the patient, it’s not for us, so go out and donate. I can’t express the importance enough,” Harper said.
The first week of September is National Blood Donor Week. Trident Medical Center is holding a blood drive on September 7th from 9am to 2pm. You can call (800) 733-2767 to register.