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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky Blood Center is offering donors a new opportunity to save lives – pheresis donations on the road.
KBC now has a bloodmobile dedicated to pheresis donations, a specialized donation procedure which was previously done only in KBC donor centers.
The KBC pheresis bus, making its first visit to Madison County, will be at Baptist Health Richmond on Sunday, Sept. 8 from noon to 6 p.m. The pheresis bus is scheduled to return to Baptist Health on the following Sundays: Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1 and Dec. 29.
Many patients, based on their medical situations, require specific blood components, and pheresis donations fill that need because the donor can give a designated blood component, such as platelets, plasma or red cells.
Special equipment separates the selected blood component from whole blood and returns the rest of the blood back to the donor. The pheresis bus will be traveling throughout the region, making pheresis donation possible for many more donors.
To schedule a donation on the pheresis bus or to get more information, call 800.775.2522, ext. 3733 or 859.519.3733.
KBC, the largest FDA regulated blood bank headquartered in Kentucky, is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring a safe, adequate blood supply for patients at nearly 70 Kentucky hospitals and clinics in more than 60 counties. KBC relies on volunteers to donate 400 pints of blood per day to meet area patients’ needs. Over the last year KBC distributed nearly 130,000 blood components.