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 10, 2016

On Monday, November 14th, MEDIC Regional Blood Center will implement new guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration which includes testing all blood donations for the Zika Virus. The FDA required MEDIC and other blood centers to start testing after a rapid spread in the virus which is known to cause potentially fatal birth defects. The new testing is expected to be seamless for donors and staff. During each donation, the MEDIC phlebotomist takes three sample tubes that are tested for diseases like HIV, Hepatitis, and West Nile Virus. Those tubes are sent to a lab where the blood is tested to make sure it is safe enough to be transfused. That lab will now simply perform one additional test before the blood donation is released to local hospitals. “MEDIC has been preparing for this change over the past several months,” says spokesperson Benjamin Prijatel. “We are confident that we are ready to take this additional step to make sure our blood supply is as safe as possible.” For more information about the test, click here. Since all blood is now being tested for Zika, the travel deferrals the FDA implemented in February are being phased out. For the past several months, donors who had visited parts of South America, the Caribbean, or South Florida couldn’t donate blood for at lea

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0 November 3, 2016

During the entire month of November, your life-saving blood donation can go even further! When you donate blood at any location and skip the free T-Shirt, MEDIC Regional Blood Center will make a donation to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is a 152-bed hospital certified by the state of Tennessee as the only Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center in East Tennessee and is accredited by the Joint Commission. As a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center, Children’s Hospital offers full capabilities to care for seriously ill children in a unique pediatric environment and offers the services of many different pediatric subspecialties. Children’s Hospital works jointly with the University of Tennessee Medical Center to ensure that injured children in this region receive trauma care at the institution most appropriate for the child’s needs. They also assist smaller hospitals by providing pediatric health care training opportunities. ETCH has been a great partner to MEDIC and we are so grateful to be able to give back to them!

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 September 7, 2016
While the Tennessee Volunteers are preparing to take on the Florida Gators on September 24th, the competition among fans of both teams is already heating up. Beginning Monday, September 12th, blood donors in Knoxville and Gainesville will be competing to see who can collect the most blood to help their community blood centers.
The VOLS have been winning this blood competition each year since 2009! This year, MEDIC is hoping to win on and off the field. To do that, hundreds of donors will need to roll up their sleeves and donate blood at one of our community blood drives.
Monday, September 12
MEDIC Knoxville 1601 Ailor Avenue   8am – 6:30pm
MEDIC Farragut 11000 Kingston Pike, Ste 9   7:30am – 7pm
MEDIC Crossville 79 S. Main Street  12pm –

0 August 31, 2016

MEDIC is once again partnering with the Tennessee Valley Fair. Anyone who donates lifesaving blood September 6-9 will receive a ticket for free admission to this year’s fair. Below is a list of locations: Tuesday (9/6): MEDIC in Knoxville 8:30am-6:30pm MEDIC Farragut 7:30am-6pm MEDIC Crossville Noon-6pm (CDT) Kingston Community Center, 10am – 5pm Maryville College, 10am – 4pm Midway IGA in Corryton, 12pm – 7pm PriceLess Foods in Newport, 3:30pm – 6:30pm Wednesday (9/7): MEDIC in Knoxville 8:30am-6:30pm MEDIC Farragut 6:30am-6pm MEDIC Crossville 8am-4pm (CDT) Blaine IGA, 12pm – 6pm City of Sevierville 200 Gary Wade Blvd, 12pm – 6pm Dotson Memorial Baptist Church in Maryville, 1pm- 7pm Smoky Mountain Knife Works in Sevierville, 12pm – 6pm St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Morristown, 1pm – 7pm Walmart Clinton Hwy, 12pm – 6pm First Tennessee Plaza 800 S. Gay Street, 12pm-5pm Sloan’s of Vonore, 1pm-7pm Thursday (9/8): MEDIC in Knoxville 8:30am-6:30pm MEDIC Farragut 7:30am-6pm MEDIC Crossville Noon-6pm (CDT) Ingles in Powell, 12pm – 7pm Jacksboro United Methodist Church, 1pm- 7pm Walmart on Chapman Hwy, 1pm – 5pm Walmart in Madisonville, 1pm – 7pm Friday (9/9): MEDIC in Knoxville 8:30am-6:30pm MEDIC Farragut 6:30am-6pm MEDIC Crossville 8am-4pm (CDT) Blount Memorial Hospital, 12pm- 6pm Food City in Dandridge, 12pm – 6pm Food City on Morris Blvd in Morrist

0 August 15, 2016

For the first time ever, blood centers from across the world are uniting to bring attention to a major problem that is affecting nearly every part of the globe including East Tennessee. MEDIC Regional Blood Center is participating in the Missing Type campaign to highlight a nearly 30% decrease in the number of new blood donors over the past decade. Blood centers report that the number of first time blood donors in 2005 topped 1.8 million people. In 2015, that number fell to 1.3 million. Yet with three people receiving blood every second globally, the need for new blood donors is greater than ever. Throughout the campaign, the letters A, B and O will disappear. The campaign will primarily be driven through social media, but it will also include the letters from some iconic landmarks and locations all over the world. Celebrities and companies will also be participating in the effort by removing the letters from their posts, pictures, and logos on social media. “We really hope people in East Tennessee will be inspired by the Missing Type campaign and start saving lives by becoming blood donors,” said MEDIC spokesperson Benjamin Prijatel. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett is helping kickoff the campaign by taking a photograph with missing letters in his name and title. This campaign isn’t just for celebrities and companies, however. Ultimately, its purpose is to inspire a grassr

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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

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