The Washington Capitals and Inova Blood Donor Services will host the Capitals’ annual spring blood drive on March 1, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va.
Donors will receive a Nicklas Backstrom bobblehead as well as a Capitals T-shirt.
More than 250 units of blood and blood products are needed every day, year-round, for patients in area hospitals. One blood donation can save up to three lives, and there is a continual need for all blood types. There is no substitute for human blood. It only comes from volunteer blood donors. It is used to help trauma patients, surgery patients, newborn babies, cancer patients and transplant patients.
Appointments are required. Donors can make an appointment now by calling 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372) or by signing up online on the Inova Blood Donor Services Website<http://www.inovabloodsaves/org/index.cfm?group=op&step=2&opid=10845>. All donors are asked to arrive at their scheduled appointment time.
To give blood, donors must be feeling generally well on the day of their donation, be at least 16 years old (with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood in the past eight weeks (56 days) for whole blood or 112 days for double red cells. For more information about eligibility requirements call 1-866-BLOODSAVES or visit inova.org/donateblood.
Aspects of each potential donor's health history are discussed as part of the donation process before any blood is collected. Each donor receives a brief examination during which temperature, blood pressure and hemoglobin (iron level) are measured.
Inova Blood Donor Services is the major supplier of blood products in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.