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n Rock River Valley Blood Center eliminates upper limits for donors

From press release

The Rock River Valley Blood Center is announcing that it will no longer restrict those over the age of 75 years old from being blood donors. The upper age limit was a self-imposed restriction, and is not required by accrediting or licensing organizations. “Because age alone is not an indicator of health, and many older donors are as healthy as younger donors, it was decided that the upper age limit was not adding to the level of blood safety,” stated Linda Gerber, CEO.

RRVBC hopes that by removing this age limit, the donor base may see some growth among the aging population. Many believe that they are too old to donate, and this may help to dispel that myth. “In the last five years, blood donor deferrals have increased drastically placing a strain on the nation’s blood supply. Restrictions for blood donors have increased to the point that it has affected our ability to find eligible donors. While these measures are meant to ensure a safe blood supply, it can make finding donors very challenging,” said Jennifer Bowman, Public Relations manager.

The Rock River Valley Blood Center is the sole supplier of blood and related services to OSF Saint Anthony, Rockford Memorial, SwedishAmerican, Beloit Memorial, Edgerton Memorial Community, Freeport Health Network, Harvard Memorial, Northwest Suburban Community and Rochelle Community hospitals. Community-minded volunteers donate virtually all of this country’s supply of blood for transfusion.

For more information, contact RRVBC at 815/965-8751 or toll free at 866-889-9073.

From the June 1-7, 2005, issue

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