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1 Pint Can Save a Life

02/12/2018
By Tech. Sgt. Heather Redmon, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham, Hawaii.
A phlebotomist assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center packages units of donated blood for transport during a blood drive at the Base Exchange, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Feb. 6, 2018. The Tripler Army Medical Center Blood Donor Center holds multiple donation events a week, along with their clinic hours, to collect blood that will be used to treat military members, families, and veterans at home and abroad. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)
A phlebotomist assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center packages units of donated blood for transport during a blood drive at the Base Exchange, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Feb. 6, 2018. The Tripler Army Medical Center Blood Donor Center holds multiple donation events a week, along with their clinic hours, to collect blood that will be used to treat military members, families, and veterans at home and abroad. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)
Every month, units from around the 15th Wing come together to save lives by supporting the Armed Services Blood Program’s Tripler Army Medical Center Blood Donor Center, Hawaii.

The TAMC BDC holds multiple donation events a week, along with their clinic hours, and collects several hundred units of blood a month.

“Most of the units collected through Tripler go directly to service members here on the island,” said Michelle Lele-Himalaya, ASBP blood donor recruiter. “Some units are sent to contingency areas for those wounded overseas, but most of it is used for medical procedures at Tripler.”

The ASBP encourages people to donate locally due to the wait times for shipping blood from the continental U.S.

“It takes about 3-4 days for a unit of blood to be collected and tested before it can be used,” said Lele-Himalaya. “If we run low and get units of blood from the mainland, we would need to add on an additional three days for shipping; a long time to wait if you need a transfusion.”

According to the ASBP, a single trauma victim can use 40 or more units of blood, leukemia patients undergoing treatment can use up to eight units of platelets, and one pint can sustain a premature infant’s life for up to two weeks.

“Blood is a limited resource that you don’t realize how important it is until you need it,” said Lele-Himalaya. “So we encourage people to donate whenever they can.”

The blood donation process takes about 30 minutes from screening to collection and an individual can donate every 57 days.

ASBP is the official blood collection, manufacturing, transport and transfusion program for the U.S. military. They are responsible for providing blood and blood products to deployed service members on the battlefield, on board Navy casualty receiving treatment ships, hospital ships and aircraft carriers.

About the Armed Services Blood Program
Since 1962, the Armed Services Blood Program has served as the sole provider of blood for the United States military. As a tri-service organization, the ASBP collects, processes, stores and distributes blood and blood products to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their families worldwide. As one of four national blood collection organizations trusted to ensure the nation has a safe, potent blood supply, the ASBP works closely with our civilian counterparts by sharing donors on military installations where there are no military blood collection centers and by sharing blood products in times of need to maximize availability of this national treasure. To find out more about the ASBP or to schedule an appointment to donate, please visit www.militaryblood.dod.mil. To interact directly with ASBP staff members, see more photos or get the latest news, follow @militaryblood on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Pinterest. Find the drop. Donate.

The Armed Services Blood Program is a proud recipient of the Army Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs award for journalism.

This article originally appeared on the Defense Video Imagery Distribution website, dvidshub.net, on Feb. 8, 2018. Republished content may have been edited for length, clarity and to follow the ASBP style guidelines. View the original article here.