Waseem Anani, MD, medical director of ARUP Blood Services, announced the new Whole Blood Titans program from the University of Utah Hospital helipad on October 18.
SALT LAKE CITY—ARUP Blood Services has announced the rollout of a new program through which it will encourage donation of whole blood by donors who have low-titer, O-positive or O-negative blood types.
Participants in the new Whole Blood Titan program, through their whole blood donations, can play a vital role in saving lives because low-titer blood contains low levels of ABO antibodies, which makes it ideal for emergency transfusions.
Waseem Anani, MD, medical director of ARUP Blood Services, announced the new program on October 18, speaking from the University of Utah Hospital helipad with an AirMed helicopter in the background. Trauma patients treated by AirMed crews are among those who benefit from whole blood transfusions.
ARUP Blood Services is asking participants in the Whole Blood Titan program to commit to donating regularly. Selected Whole Blood Titans are asked to donate six times per year, four times per year, or twice per year. They can also volunteer to be called when ARUP Blood Services needs to replenish the blood bank’s supply of whole blood.
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