Thursday, June 25, 2009

Blood Shortage

Thank goodness crime is down or we'd have a big problem on our hands:
  • There is a real emergency for a county hospital emergency room. The uptick in violence is literally draining the blood supply.

  • The blood bank showed us the eight units of O-negative blood that are left. Only three of the units are designated for trauma patients, though. Any more outbreaks of violence on the streets pose a threat here.

    "Tonight we may be in a very tough situation," Dr. Dennis said. "Because we're that short on O-negative blood."

    O-negative is the universal donor type and anyone can accept it when seconds count.
We, along with others, have noticed the BloodMobile popping up at Districts and cruising the Medical Districts on the south and west sides looking for donations on the street. The local hospitals are stretched way too thin in terms of blood supplies due to the surge in aggravated batteries that don't seem to be reported in the news too often. A nurse friend said that her hospital has been canceling elective surgeries to keep from using blood supplies.

It's amazing how cops seem to be able to connect all the dots that the media can't. Or won't.

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45 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

AND WE GOOD NATURED COPS ARE ALWAYS WILLING TO VOLUNTEER TO GIVE BLOOD :)

6/25/2009 12:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not understand.... How can there be any increase in aggravated batteries in Chicago? We ban guns, we should be safe. Right?

6/25/2009 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A nurse friend said that her hospital has been canceling elective surgeries to keep from using blood supplies
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Inorder to have blood on hand to save the worthless lives of drug dealers?!

6/25/2009 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yea, i wonder what reporters investigate these days. they seem to just take the easy stories that wont ruffle any feathers...

6/25/2009 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Vlad the impaler said...

Wait for some kind of "stimulus" bullshit to hit the ghetto for blood donations...so much for those Lifesource blood drives! Give the hoodrats $50 and see how much of the blood collected is useable!

This City is lost. Wait for the carnage at "Waste of Shitcago" this year...

6/25/2009 12:17:00 AM  
Blogger TWENTY and OUT said...

I have a solution....or at least an idea to help a little. Every ILLEGAL ALIEN that comes into a hospital for "FREE" (i.e. funded by you and me) medical care must DONATE a pint of blood in return for services rendered. I mean they've sucked the blood out of every taxpayer....why not get a little in return???

6/25/2009 12:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is the union and FOP allowing us to be evaluated on our performance starting January 2010? I heard from a Sgt. who works in the academy that if the union let's this slide and if an patrolman receives bad scoring on his/her performance for two consective years he/she can be place on suspension.
Advice....

6/25/2009 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will never donate blood or organs because they will never gurantee whoe gets it. Could be shit head criminal. No thanks!

6/25/2009 12:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone with medical background who can answer this question...Honestly don't know. I know they always want O blood. But can't they have A or B, Positive or Negative, and just test the person in trauma. I know every second counts, but if they are that short or if the person needs blood for a surgery, couldn't they just give them their blood type? Do they? I'm not sure and asking the question for real.
I'm not sure how long it takes to get a blood type either..
My opinion...Oh well. Don't hear the suburbs complaining about it....There is a supply somewhere...

6/25/2009 01:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't count on me to give blood that might save one of these animals after being shot.

6/25/2009 01:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you store your own blood?

6/25/2009 02:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that the same Dr. Dennis that works the ER at Stroger?

He is best friends with Ray Ray Homliton.

Army buddies.

6/25/2009 03:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Blood Type Percentages said...

O+ (38%)
A+ (34%)
B+ (9%)
O- (7%)
A- (6%)
AB+ (3%)
B- (2%)
AB- (1%)

6/25/2009 06:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My spouse has a rare Rh negative factor blood type. In the event of trauma transfusions, must only that rare blood type be used?

6/25/2009 07:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Self admitted gang bangers should be left in the street after they have been shot to rot like the garbage that they are. Maybe the future Dr. Pookie who was just turning his life around to go back to medical school can operate on them in an alley somewhere like Dr. Nick on the Simpsons.

6/25/2009 07:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can only imagine how many people with O- blood are being stalked by lifesource. It happens to people and that dicourages some from donating.

If you are planning elective surgury, bank your own blood before you go under the knife. Lifesource has a stupid policy that if you don't use your own blood they discard it. Hopefully they change that.

Everyone stay safe

6/25/2009 07:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the days getting hotter, one has to recall the year people were dropping like flies from the heat. The Peoples Republic of Daley will be holding back any relavent info since it may impact the ability to get the Olympics. So, I doubt that we can depend on The Trib or Sun Times to tally deaths to the heat. Can the police (via SCC)keep us imformed on this topic?

6/25/2009 08:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I TRY TO DONATE AT YEARLY.IT WOULD BE NICE IF I CAN DECIDE WHO RECEIVES IT.MAYBE I'LL SKIP THIS YEAR.

6/25/2009 08:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm thinking it's O positive that the universal type

6/25/2009 08:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought O+ was universal donor not O- ???

wrong again

6/25/2009 08:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't give blood at blood drives. Too much of a chance that my life-giving nectar will end up in the veins of the gangbanger thugs I lock up every day.

I give directed donations to family members and friends in need. It takes two days to screen and be ready for them, and is used ONLY for them.

My own little contribution to population control.

6/25/2009 09:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let the gang bangers "bleed out" shove them in a land fill then, viola' they be dead and save us lots of much needed money!

6/25/2009 09:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you're thinking about donating blood, do it through anyone but LIFESOURCE. I gave blood at the station, a few weeks later I got two letters. The further saying I tested POSITIVE for the antibodies that suggest HIV wad present in my blood and the second saying I probably had Hepatitus.
I have zero risky sexual behaviors, I know my STD an HIV status, I haven't been exposed to blood at work in a long time....so i KNOW that I'm not infected. But still, it scared the hell out of me. It was unbelievably irresponsible of them to send a letter, in the world of HIV testing and counseling this is unethical and not done. When I called Lifesource they were rude and unprofessional over the phone. I went an got tested on my own just to be sure, it was agonizing to wait for the results.
So, please don't go through what I went through. Don't donate to Lifesource.

6/25/2009 10:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I REFUSE to give blood to Lifesourse. Years ago my wife was sick and needed blood. It just happen that Lifesourse was having a blood drive in the station lot. We talked to them about the blood going to my wife and they told me yes it can. All the hospital has to do is order the blood and your insurance company will pay for it. Well we ended up having the blood drive at the hospital and the blood went directly to her. If someone gave a different type of blood then the hospital would switch it for her type. My unit transported officers, 4 deep, to give blood. I will give blood at hospitals for anyone that needs it.

6/25/2009 10:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a nurse but here is what I know... You can store your own blood if you know of an upcoming surgery for up to 90 days. You can donate blood specifically for someone and if you are not a match for then the units donated will be exchanged for the patients type. O is the universal and it is used in trauma b/c no type and screen is needed. However, the type and screen only takes under an hour to come back and then the patient can get the specific blood for them. Most times in trauma you do not have the time to wait. Do not give to Lifesource they are terrible and have a bad rep for giving false positives (in the mail no less). Donate specifically at your hospital in the lab. Hope this helps!
Be safe out there :)

6/25/2009 11:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lifesource will also barrage you with phone calls and I mean day after day. I've given blood at Red Cross and have received no phone calls.

6/25/2009 11:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blood type O negative is the universal donor blood. However, only seven percent of the population has O-.

6/25/2009 11:49:00 AM  
Blogger Stop the presses/ Patrick said...

Dracula strikes again, or maybe it's the blood sucking Chicago politicians.

6/25/2009 11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://chapters.redcross.org/br/northernohio/INFO/bloodtype.html

6/25/2009 12:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

let em go to the streets and get the blood from those who seem to need it all the time

6/25/2009 12:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We, along with others, have noticed the BloodMobile popping up at Districts and cruising the Medical Districts on the south and west sides looking for donations on the street."

I don't know how to put this, but it was on TV in a big way.

A group of (affluent, white) women in the U.S. has organized itself to ship their own breast milk to Africa instead of feeding their own babies.

The stuff is scrupulously collected, bottled, packed into special insulated containers with dry ice, logged out, and off it goes to be jetted to another continent "for the needy."

The current blood situation similarly brings to mind the word "altruism." One senses that the very best will give as always to save the very worst -- and will perhaps end up being beaten, robbed, raped, or killed for their trouble.

This quandary would be unheard of in a healthy society -- but here? "The more you do for some people, the more they hate you for it" -- and, like clockwork, here comes the BloodMobile to the district!

WHY ISN'T PFLEGER OUT IN THE STREET WITH A BULLHORN USHERING HIS FLOCK INTO ST. SABINA'S GYM TO GIVE BLOOD?

HUH?

What happened -- did the Cardinal finally get up the nerve to tell him he's gonna be inventorying pencils up in North Dakota if his s**t keeps up?

6/25/2009 12:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am normally a regular blood donor but I now have a sick father and will not donate so I am available for him.

6/25/2009 01:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please consider donating with the American Red Cross -- they have many blood drives in the Chicago area.

6/25/2009 02:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I mean they've sucked the blood out of every taxpayer....why not get a little in return???

6/25/2009 12:25:00 AM"


I think you've neglected to consider the 'quality vs quantity' factor on this one.

6/25/2009 03:05:00 PM  
Anonymous No M.D. but... said...

O+ can GIVE to any blood type but O must receive O. The Rh factor is insignificant unless it is a female of child bearing age. A friend of mine had a kidney transplant and he was O+. He could only recieve a kidney from an O+ blood. The waiting list in the Chicagoland area is nearly 5 years and growing daily. We also heard that there is something fairly new called blood washing where they can temporarly alter the blood type to suit the recipient. I think I have this info right but with all the officers married to nurses, they are sure to weight in.

6/25/2009 03:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Can you store your own blood?

6/25/2009 02:38:00 AM

To a certain extend you can if you are going in for pre-planned surgery. You can bank your own blood if you are healthy otherwise and have good blood.

It doesn't keep forever, it expires.

from a web site that should know:

"According to the Red Cross directives, packed cells expire after 42 days. Whole blood expires after 35 days. Blood can be frozen before expiration, but such storage is very expensive and may not be covered by your insurance plan. Blood needs to be donated 7 to 10 working days before surgery to allow for processing and transportation. Blood should be donated as close to the surgery date as possible. That way, if surgery is delayed, there is still a good chance that the blood can be used."

6/25/2009 04:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Why is the union and FOP allowing us to be evaluated on our performance starting January 2010? "

Hey New Guy- We did have evaluations years ago. If you dropped below a 70, the shit started rolling your way. this is just a more complicated system that is allegedly less political- LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!

The Union can't do much unless it find out the system was used to hurt someone and used unfairly.

6/25/2009 07:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the officer who was notified he was HIV Positve by Lifesource- please sue them - they broke state law which requires counseling before you get tested for HIV and counseling when you get the final results.

Years ago, some homophobe in the medical section secretly/illegally tested candidates during their pre employment physicals. Two people were notified by the doc and two were brought in and informed by Brandsfeld (sp?) that - hey- you're not getting the job and by the way you're HIV positive.

Totlly illegal!

So the four men and women sued, won and two came on the job and two settled for the cash settlement. The city lost a lot of money for someone's stupidity.

I hate Lifesource because the blew up my arm and then, since they screwed up couldn't get a full pint so they threw the near pint out. When I expressed my concern- they told me since I coffee that morning I was probably dehydrated and that's why they couldn't a full pint and had to throw it away. not that they did a bad stick and blew up a bloodvessel.

I will NEVER donate through them again.

6/25/2009 07:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once you give blood through Lifesource they never stop pestering you.

6/25/2009 07:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe, just maybe, your donation could end up saving another copper or maybe your loved one. When Ceriale was shot he went through multiple pints of donated blood with negative results, some coppers even donated on the spot.

I'd feel pretty shitty if my brother didn't make it because I was holding out, because it might end up in some asshole.

Donate, because in the end we do what's right, and f what others think.

6/25/2009 09:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm one of those O negatives that LifeSource badgered out of the system. I was literally receiving calls on my cell at least every other day and I finally told them to put me on their 'do not call' list' or I would report them for harassment.

What I have done is: donate blood directly to the young daughter of a police officer when she was going through blood like it was free water. She went to med school to find a cure for kids like her.

And I have donated directly at hospitals for friends and family members (also storing my own blood prior to a risky surgery, which was then donated to the hospital when I didn't need a transfusion, after all).

I still donate occasionally, but I give them a bad phone number when I fill out the forms. Not nice, but quite effective.

6/25/2009 11:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i understand there no shortage of BLOODS in los angles

6/25/2009 11:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

"Why is the union and FOP allowing us to be evaluated on our performance starting January 2010? "

Hey New Guy- We did have evaluations years ago. If you dropped below a 70, the shit started rolling your way. this is just a more complicated system that is allegedly less political- LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!

The Union can't do much unless it find out the system was used to hurt someone and used unfairly.

6/25/2009 07:27:00 PM


The FOP took the position that performance evaluations should be the subject of collective bargaining as soon as the order went out. Somehow they got the City to agree (because the dept. knew they would lose that one) and the evaluation process is now being negotiated.

But you would know this if you went to FOP General meetings or had a Unit Rep who posted updates.

6/26/2009 06:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the copper thats tested the false negative - same thing happened to me - I got a letter, and it was wrong. This was about 10 years ago. I don't have enough room here to explain the chaos this caused. Go to your own doctor to get cleared. Good to see they haven't changed. I understand the need to donate blood, but please go do so at a hospital. LifeSource is not a non-profit. They sell those units to hospitals. Save that letter they gave you. They settled with me out of court after a 3 year legal battle.

6/26/2009 06:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If DUDE was like say "Jerry Maguire" and walked into the County Hospital and the units of blood could talk....Type O would say to him...YOU DEPLETE ME!

Good Night folks youv've been a great crowd...Thanks for coming!

6/27/2009 01:01:00 PM  

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