Holiday weekends show a drastic increase in
emergency patients treated at area hospitals. Trauma and burn
victims often require large quantities of plasma, which can
deplete the blood supply. Other summer and winter holidays increase
traffic on our roads and patients in the emergency rooms. At
these times, while the need for blood increases, our ability
to collect blood decreases disproportionately.
During the summer and winter, people become
busy with vacations, outdoor activities and family gatherings.
Donating blood can often take a backseat for people whose hectic
schedules are jam-packed with various personal activities.