Donate blood for special needs
People suffering from various chronic illnesses and disorders often require frequent blood transfusions. Over time, however, patients can develop reactions to certain antigens when they receive transfusions from multiple donors. These patients may develop antibodies that destroy foreign blood and, as a result, can no longer receive blood from certain donors, even if their blood types match.
At Nebraska Community Blood Bank, we take extraordinary steps to serve the unique needs of these special patients. Through our advanced scientific laboratories, we perform sophisticated tests to determine which antigens are absent or present in blood. Donors who have been typed are then matched to specific patients. And when the need arises, the right blood is there to match the patient who needs it most.
Sickle Cell Donation
In the U.S., about one in 500 African American children are born with sickle cell disease, and approximately one in 10 carry the trait. In addition, one in 1,000 to 1,400 Latino babies are diagnosed each year in the U.S. Multiple blood transfusions can be the only relief from frequent episodes of pain and complications, but only certain blood donors can give blood to patients with sickle cell disease. Click below to find out whether you may be the right donor to help sickle cell patients.
Hereditary Hemochromatosis (HH) is a genetic condition that may result in the body absorbing too much iron from food. To prevent complications, these patients often benefit from regular blood donation. For physicians needing to request therapeutic blood collections for their HH patients, please complete the downloadable form, attach evidence of genetic testing, and fax the documents to Nebraska Community Blood Bank using the fax number provided on the order form.