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Honoring Those Who Collect Blood, Medicine's Most Vital Natural Resource
Date:9/10/2010

LAKE ZURICH, Ill. and BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Blood collection professionals are the connection between blood donors and the life-saving blood therapies people rely on every day.  After a long holiday weekend like Labor Day in the United States, when donors are in short supply and accidents are typically on the rise, blood donation is even more important – and so is the job of blood-collection professionals.

Blood-collection professionals will be recognized in communities worldwide September 12-18, 2010, as part of the 6th Annual Blood Collectors Week, sponsored jointly by Fenwal Inc. and AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks).  During the week, blood centers will host celebrations, often with local government officials, to recognize their staffs and donors.  Individuals are encouraged to give back to their respective communities and honor these professionals by contacting their local blood collection facility to schedule an appointment to donate blood.

"Blood collectors play a vital role in the transfusion medicine community as they are charged with making every effort to provide a positive experience for the blood donor," said Karen Shoos Lipton, chief executive officer of AABB.  "These professionals help ensure that blood is readily available to patients whenever and wherever it is needed."

According to AABB data, approximately 30 million blood components are transfused annually in the United States alone.  Blood transfusions are a critical component in the treatment of patients with serious medical conditions, from cancer to major surgery, as well as accident and trauma victims.  People typically receive transfusions of red blood cells, platelets or plasma.  Red blood cells are the most frequently needed blood component.

"The need for blood never stops, and the knowledge and commitment of blood collectors help assure blood is available to meet the ne
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SOURCE Fenwal Inc.; AABB
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