Local hospital patients awaiting surgeries, cancer treatments and other life-dependent procedures that require blood transfusions are at risk as blood inventory at LifeStream Blood Bank is at critically low levels. “If our community doesn’t act, and do so quickly, by donating blood and replenishing hospital supply, surgeries and other procedures may be canceled, negatively impacting care of
our loved ones, friends, neighbors and colleagues,” said Rick Axelrod, MD, LifeStream’s president/CEO and medical director.
“There is no substitute for donated blood. I urge all healthy residents to take on this challenge now, to make an appointment or walk in to a LifeStream center or mobile drive. Just 1 hour of your time can make all the difference to patients and their loved ones.”
LifeStream has fixed-site centers in San Bernardino, Riverside, Ontario, Victorville, Murrieta, Moreno Valley, La Quinta and Rancho Mirage and conducts mobile blood drives daily.
For a list of locations and hours, and to make an appointment, call 1-800 TRY GIVING or go to LStream.org.
Donors must be at least 15 years of age (15- and 16-year-olds require a signed parental
consent form; the form is available at all LifeStream locations), weigh at least 115 pounds,
present current photo ID, and be in good health.
LifeStream is requiring staff and donors to wear a face covering, undergo a temperature
check and COVID-19 symptoms check before accessing donor waiting areas; adhering to social
distancing guidelines; and enhancing already strict cleaning and disinfecting protocols.