Gatlinburg Fires

0 December 5, 2016

With the recent injuries in Gatlinburg due to sudden wildfires, MEDIC Regional Blood Center is reminding donors of the importance of donating blood to be prepared for situations like this. MEDIC’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Thomas Watkins says: “Patients who are hospitalized with severe burns can be very complicated to manage and can have multiple physiologic systems damaged, as a result of their injuries. Often, these patients are transferred to hospitals with special burn-units and expertise in treating these injuries. Transfusion of Red blood cells, platelets and plasma are often involved in the care of these patients. One European study from 2016, focused on burn related anemia. The group reviewed the care of 558 adult burn victims. They found that 34% of the burn patients received some type of blood product during their treatment. Approximately one third of the group, who received a transfusion, received all three types of blood components. The patients in the study who were transfused, were significantly older, and were more likely to have experienced a flame/fire-related injury, with burns to multiple areas. Also, as expected, the number of blood products required in their treatment was highly varied and depended on multiple factors, including extent of thermal injury.” To sum it up, burn victims often need blood and need more blood than the average transfusion. Be

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0 November 3, 2016

After the Tennessee Volunteers’ likely win on November 12th against the Kentucky Wildcats at Neyland Stadium, the competition turns to the fans. For the 29th year, fans of the Vols and Cats will be competing to see who can donate the most blood for their local blood center during the week of November 14th through November 18th. For the past several years, the Vols fans have been trounced losing most recently by 600 units. This year, however, MEDIC Regional Blood Center is hoping that Vols fans can turn it around. Donors may leave the blood drive down a pint, but they’ll be leaving with a lot more. Not only will donors know they’re helping a sick patient at a local hospital, they’ll also receive our annual Orange/Blue t-shirt, a coupon for a free pizza from Papa John’s, a free Chick-fil-A Sandwich, a free Wendy’s Frosty, a free appetizer from Texas Roadhouse, and free admission to Fantasy of Trees. This list of locations includes: Monday, November 14th MEDIC Knoxville, 1601 Ailor Avenue, 8am-6:30pm MEDIC Farragut, 11000 Kingston Pike, 7:30am-7pm MEDIC Crossville, 79 S Main Street, 12pm-6pm (CST) Blount Memorial Hospital, 907 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville 10am – 6pm Laughlin Memorial Hospital, 1420 Tusculum Blvd, 10am – 6pm Methodist Medical Center, 990 Oak Ridge Turnpike, 11am – 6pm Takoma Regional Hospital, 401 Takoma Avenue, 10am – 6pm UT Health, Physic

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0 October 6, 2016

On Monday, October 10th, MEDIC Regional Blood Center is partnering with Ripley’s Haunted Adventure to help bring in life-saving blood donors! During this event, all blood donors will receive a pass for Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, a Free T-Shirt, and a coupon for a Free Appetizer from Texas Roadhouse. Donors who wish to participate can donate at any MEDIC location listed below. Monday, October 10th: Appalachian Underwriters, 800 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge  12pm – 4pm Big Lots, 264 E. Broadway, Jefferson City 12pm – 6pm Cumberland Medical Center, 421 S. Main Street, Crossville 10am – 4pm Shafer Insurance Agency, 1100 Marion Street, Knoxville 8am – 10:30am Walmart, 1815 Decatur Pike, Athens 1pm – 8pm Walmart, 3755 Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville 12pm – 6pm MEDIC Knoxville Office, 1601 Ailor Avenue, Knoxville 8am – 6:30pm MEDIC Farragut Office, 11000 Kingston Pike Suite 9, Farragut 7:30am – 7pm MEDIC Crossville Office, 79 S. Main Street, Crossville 12pm – 6pm

0 August 9, 2016

On Friday, August 12th MEDIC is partnering with Rainforest Adventures in Sevierville TN, who will be giving a Free Admission ticket to each blood donor at each of the following blood drives: MEDIC Farragut, 11000 Kingston Pike Ste 9  6:30am – 6:00pm MEDIC Knoxville, 1601 Ailor Avenue  8am – 6:30pm MEDIC Crossville, 79 S. Main St., Crossville  8am – 4pm Newport Federal Bank 170 W. Broadway, Newport  9am – 5pm Old Navy 5445 Washington Pike, Knoxville  12pm – 6pm Pizza Plus 1031 Hwy 92 South, Dandridge  12pm – 7pm Seymour United Methodist Church 107 Simmons Rd., Seymour  12pm – 6pm Walgreens 2109 Jacksboro Pike, Lafollette  12pm – 6pm *Each donor will also receive coupons for a Free Chick-fil-a Sandwich, A Free Texas Roadhouse Appetizer & A Free MEDIC T-Shirt!*

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0 July 29, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration is adding more travel restrictions to blood donors thanks to the spread of the Zika virus. Beginning Monday, August 1st, people who have traveled to Broward and/or Miami-Dade County, Florida in the past 28 days will be unable to donate blood. The new restrictions are mandated by the FDA on all U.S. blood centers. In May, the FDA prohibited those who had visited more than two dozen countries from donating blood for at least four weeks from their return. These countries were chiefly located throughout the Caribbean and Northern, Central, and South America. The new locations in Florida – the first in the U.S. – were added after laboratory tests confirmed local transmission of the virus through infected mosquitos. Several states, including Tennessee have had Zika diagnoses in recent weeks, but those were related to travel or sexual transmission. The infections in Florida are the first time Zika is known to have been spread through a mosquito bite within the U.S. Donors who have concerns about whether they are eligible to donate can call 865-524-3074 For more about Zika risk, travel areas of concern, or other resources go to http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html

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0 February 3, 2016

New travel restrictions are going into effect for blood donors who have recently traveled to areas where the Zika virus is spreading. Anyone who has traveled to Mexico, the Caribbean, and/or Central or South America in the last 28 days, is being asked not to donate blood. Donors are asked to return to donate if they are feeling healthy and have not been in one of the affected areas for at least 28 days. Zika virus infection is mild in most people, but there is concern that Zika is causing serious brain injury to infants whose mothers have been infected during pregnancy. Zika can be present in the blood of an infected person who has no symptoms of illness. Donors who have questions about their eligibility can call 865-524-3074. Visit the CDC website, for more information on the Zika Virus.

MEDIC is suspending double red cell donations (Alyx) until further notice. The factory in Puerto Rico which makes our Alyx kits is closed due to damage from Hurricane Maria
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