United Blood Services reports blood needs met in Las Vegas for now

Posted October 05, 2017

"That just really highlights the need for having blood on our shelves, all throughout the country, so that we can respond to situations within 24 hours or nearly immediately", said Red Cross Regional Chief Operating Officer Scott Aminov.

"I called the Red Cross and said hey any appointments open for today?" she said.

"Many people who donate blood do it in honor or memory of a loved one, to pay if forward", Lambert said.

"The blood may not actually be going to help patients in Las Vegas, but I can guarantee you it's going to be helping somebody here in the Tri-State", said Alecia Lipton, with Hoxworth.

After authorities called for people to donate, blood banks even became overwhelmed and told people to come back the following day.

The day after almost 60 people were gunned down during a country music festival in Las Vegas, local blood donation centers saw a rush of donors wanting to help.

Although they love the donations the regional blood center says they hope to keep these donors coming back all year round.

The American Red Cross of southern Nevada said they have sent 150 units of blood to 10 of the 14 area hospitals that they serve. This network works in tandem, moving lifesaving donations throughout the system to help ensure blood is available when and where it's needed most. Many had taken shelter inside a nearby University of Nevada center, according to the Times.

The line of people waiting to donate blood wrapped around a United Blood Services location in Las Vegas at 7:30 a.m. this morning.

"What happened in Vegas, never a bad idea to have a good store of blood on hand".

Blood centers across the country have been put on standby to help steady the potential ripple effect this large-scale incident could create. She added because every two seconds someone in the USA needs blood, your donation never goes to waste.