Our Dr. Eric Jackson is a long time supporter of LifeSource Blood Services and firmly believes in the importance of regular blood donation to maintain the local blood supply! Periodically he and LifeSource will team up to conduct a blood drive at our office. LifeSource brings the mobile donation van and conveniently park it in our parking lot.
Dr. Jackson’s 3rd Annual Blood Drive Week!
Monday January through Saturday Jan 27, 2018
at the LifeSource Westmont Donor Center
1133 Fairview Avenue, Westmont IL 60559
(The NorthEast corner of 63rd street & Fairview Avenue)
Each donor that uses our event code 813A
will receive a FREE pint of delicious Culver's Custard!
To schedule your appointment either:
1. call the LifeSource Westmont Donor Center at (630) 515-0399
2. register online at LifeSource.org
Please be sure to use Dr. Jackson's 2018 event code 813A
Appointments Recommended. Walk-ins Welcome!
Download a copy of our flier HERE
Donor Eligibility Guidelines:
- Donors must be 17-years-old (16-year-olds may donate with parental consent). There is no upper age limit to donate blood.
- Minimum weight of 110 pounds
- Must be symptom-free of colds and flu and feel well at time of donation
- As of March 2, 2010 LIfeSource will no longer be deferring donors who received a tattoo after January 1, 2010 in a state that regulates its tattoo facilities (Illinois is a regulated state)
- Diabetics are eligible to donate if they are controlled by diet or oral medication; if you are controlled by insulin injection, please contact the Medical Help Desk at 847-803-7921
- Women who recently gave birth must wait six weeks after delivery to donate
- Aspirin and pain medications are acceptable
Intersted in learning more about donating blood? Have specific questions about a medication or medial condition? Call LifeSource at 877-543-3768 for answers about specific questions. Also, feel free to visit the LifeSource website at www.lifesource.org or read the LifeSource publication "The New Donor Guide to Blood Donation" by clicking HERE.
What To Do Prior To Donating
- Ensure you meet the eligibility requirements to donate blood.
- Make an appointment to help make your donation experience faster and more convenient.
- When donating at a mobile location, review the schedule on My Personal Donation History to ensure that it has not been cancelled or rescheduled.
- Eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluid. (See below for more details.)
- Make sure you are wearing warm, nonrestrictive clothing.
- If possible for your location, take the health history questionnaire and print your DonorPass starting at 12:01 a.m. on the date of your donation. (Click here for more details on DonorPass, including locations where it is accepted.)
What Not To Do Prior to Donating
- Do not smoke for at least one hour before donation.
- Do not chew gum, mints or candy immediately before or during your donation.
- If you are donating platelets, do not take aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for at least 48 hours before your donation.
What To Eat and Drink Before Donating
- Have a good meal before you donate.
- Drink plenty of decaffeinated, nonalcoholic beverages.
- Ensure you follow a healthy diet every day, not just the day of your donation!
- Focus on lowfat and ironrich foods.
What To Bring When Donating
- One form of the below listed types of identification
- LifeSource Donor ID card
- Military ID, driver’s license, passport
- Birth certificate along with photo ID
- Employee or student ID with full name and picture
- List of medications you are taking
- List of places visited outside of the U.S. in the past three years
- A friend to donate with you!
Fun Facts About Blood and Blood Donation
- 43,000 pints: amount of donated blood used each day in the U.S. and Canada.
- Someone needs blood every two seconds.
- About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood.
- One pint of blood can save up to three lives
- A patient could be forced to pass up a lifesaving organ, if compatible blood is not available to support the transplant.
- Shortages of all blood types happen during the summer and winter holidays.
- There is no substitute for human blood.
- If only one more percent of all Americans would give blood, blood shortages would disappear for the foreseeable future.
- If all blood donors gave three times a year, blood shortages would be a rare event (The current average is about two.).
- Blood makes up about 7 percent of your body’s weight.
- 46.5 gallons: amount of blood you could donate if you begin at age 17 and donate every 56 days (depending on iron levels) until you reach 79 years old.
- 10 pints: amount of blood in the body of an average adult.
- Giving blood will not decrease your strength.
- Blood drives hosted by companies, schools, places of worship and civic organizations supply roughly half of all blood donations across the United States.