Yarmouth Police blood drive breaks previous collection record

YARMOUTH –The Yarmouth Police Department’s annual Community Blood Drive last Sunday collected 85 useable units of blood, breaking a one-day record of 76 units collected last year.

106 people signed in to donate blood.

All the blood donated last weekend will stay on Cape Cod.

Blood can be donated anytimeMondaythroughFridayfrom7AM to 3PMright at Cape Cod Hospital in the Blood Donor Center. Call ahead if you would like to make an appointment at508.862.5663.

Hospitals on Cape Cod perform more than 7,500 transfusions per year for such things as elective and emergency surgery, anemia, bleeding disorders and massive blood loss due to trauma. It’s important to know that:

  • About one in 10 people entering a hospital needs blood
  • Red blood cells have a limited shelf life—just 42 days—so they must be constantly replenished
  • One pint of blood can save up to two lives
  • There is no substitute for human blood