Blood bank and local hospital team up to save lives during “Trauma Awareness” month


BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – June is Trauma Awareness Month and blood banks and medical centers are spending the month reminding people about the need for blood donations.

Vitalant partnered with United Hospital Center in Bridgeport for a blood drive, Wednesday.

Vitalant, formerly known as Central Blood Bank, supplies blood to WVU Medicine and Ruby Memorial Hospital.

The need for blood is greater during the summer because many donors are usually busy traveling or on vacation.

“We’re busy; vacations, kids activities, that sort of thing,” UHC’s blood medical technologist Ralph Johns said. “Here’s a lesser known point, too. High school students, college students, they put a lot of blood into the inventories, and so when they’re out of session, we can feel the lower blood inventories.”

In addition to saving lives, participating donors at Wednesday’s blood drive received a special t-shirt and stainless steel water bottle.

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