Blood Inventories Rebuilt; Need Will Continue

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

RENO, NV - United Blood Service has released the following statement on the latest inventory due to the recent influx of blood donations following the tragic Reno Air Race Crash that has killed 11 and injured dozens more.

"We have rebuilt our inventories and we are well positioned to meet any and all blood product needs by our local area hospitals," says Steve Thomas, Donor Recruitment Director, .

"We want to express our appreciation to all of the incredible donors in our community who turned out during our time of need. We believe normal donations from our donors will be sufficient for us to maintain our required inventory levels. Thanks for your excellent cooperation in enabling us to communicate effectively with the public and with all of our outstanding donors. "

United Blood Services is looking for blood donations in the wake of Friday's plane crash at the Reno Air Races. UBS is reporting a several-hour delay because of heavy interest, and would like people to consider donating later in the week. If you need to change an appointment, please do so on

When news of the air show tragedy broke late Friday afternoon, the
staff at United Blood Services raced to pull blood from the shelves, pack it and get it out the door to area hospitals: 120 blood products in the first wave, with more to follow.

“We sent O-negative and O-positive red cells right away,” said Thomas, “O-neg is the universal blood type for red cells. It can be given to patients of any blood type in an emergency when there’s no time to cross-match.”

The center also sent platelets (the component that helps control bleeding) and AB plasma, which contains clotting factors and is used in trauma care. Just as O-negative is the universal type for red cells, AB-positive is the universal type for plasma.

The center was able to respond strongly and quickly because so many residents had donated blood following the shooting at the Carson City IHOP September 6.

“That blood was ready and available for the day-to-day routine treatments and for the unexpected. Once again, we see that it is the blood on the shelves that saves lives,” Thomas said. He said it’s
especially important for people to donate regularly. “Three times a year is a great goal.”

While many in Reno are donating blood this weekend, Thomas encouraged people to make appointments now to donate in the weeks and months ahead. Appointments are available online at or by calling 324-6454.

Here are the hours:

Saturday and Sunday/8am-5pm

Most needed blood types are O+ and all negative types, but anything will be accepted.

UBS centers are at:
1125 Terminal Way, Reno
4670 Sparks Boulevard, Sparks
256 E. Winnie Lane, Carson City.

Reno Rodeo Blood Drive
(scheduled months ago)
Tuesday, September 20
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Edward Jones parking lot
979 Pyramid Way, Sparks, NV 89431

For more info or to schedule a bllod donation appointment Call Marie Baxter, Executive Director, Reno Rodeo Foundation 322-9875

Also, Summit Christian Church at 7075 Pyramid Hwy is having a blood drive Saturday from 4 PM to 7:45 PM and Sunday from 8 AM to 1:30 PM.

Earl Wooster High School joined with the United Blood Services invites all community members to volunteer to donate blood at Wooster High School on September 21 or 22, 9:00AM-2:45PM. In light of the recent Reno Air Races tragedy, eligible donors are encouraged to donate blood. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Those wishing to check on the status of loved ones should call 775.337.5800 or locally dialing 211. We appreciate all of the thoughts and support that have been extended from around the world this evening.

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