(St. Petersburg, FL. February 13, 2014) 24 hours a day, seven days a week lives are literally saved by blood donors. And many of the scientific breakthroughs in blood transfusions are credited to a prominent African American, Dr. Charles Drew. He literally pioneered the way blood centers operate today, making sure hospital patients receive exactly the blood type needed. His legacy lives on and is recognized during Black History Month.
Dr. Drew led research in blood typing, storage and processing. He helped advance the understanding of the importance of blood typing. This allows blood donors to share their power by knowing the importance of their blood type. Click HERE to see OneBlood’s story about Dr. Charles Drew.
During February, we also recognize the importance of African Americans as blood donors, along with people of all racial backgrounds. Sickle Cell Disease is one example of the critical need for blood donations. African Americans blood donors are needed to treat Sickle Cell patients, many who need regular red blood cell transfusions in order to live. Learn more about the importance of African American blood donors by clicking HERE.
OneBlood’s Target Your Type program emphasizes the critical importance of blood typing. Blood donors are learning how their blood type has a unique power to impact patients and how they can maximize their gift through different donation processes. Learn more about Target Your Type by going to OneBlood.org or by clicking HERE.
On January 27, 2012 three of Florida’s independent, not-for-profit blood centers, Community Blood Centers of Florida, Inc. (CBCF), Florida’s Blood Centers, Inc. (FBC) and Florida Blood Services, Inc. (FBS) came together in a merger of equals and OneBlood, Inc. was established. OneBlood is responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood to its hospital partners and their patients. The service area of OneBlood includes the Tampa Bay area, South and Southeast Florida, the Orlando-metro area and surrounding Central Florida counties, parts of Southwest Florida, Pensacola and Tallahassee and some parts of Southern Georgia and Alabama.