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  • Inova’s Commitment to Using Blood Wisely
    by Alan Speir, MD on July 20, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    Alan M. Speir, MD, is Medical Director of ECMO and Cardiac Surgery in the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute. He is board-certified in thoracic and cardiac surgery and received a 2020 Top Doc award from the Washingtonian. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, our nation is facing an unprecedented shortage of blood. […]

  • Join the World in Saving Lives: Donate Blood June 14 at Inova Center for Personalized Health
    by InovaNewsroom on June 14, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Falls Church, VA –  Inova Blood Donor Services and the World Health Organization (WHO) are celebrating World Blood Donor Day on Monday, June 14.  IBDS and blood donor organizations around the world are hosting events to recognize our generous donors and the gift of life they provide through blood donation. World […]

  • Critical Need for Blood Donors – Now is The Time to Donate and Save Lives
    by InovaNewsroom on March 17, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Falls Church, VA – Inova Blood Donor Services has an immediate need for blood donations from local donors to recover the blood supply for our community. Current blood supply levels are critically low in the Washington DC metropolitan area and across the United States. Our supply can only be replenished with […]

  • Critical Need for Blood Donors – Blood Types O, B and A Needed Immediately
    by InovaNewsroom on January 26, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Inova Blood Donor Services needs blood donations from local blood donors now to help boost the blood supply for our community. The current blood supply levels are critically low and can only be replenished with donations from volunteer blood donors. The need is highest for blood donors with blood types of O+, O-, B+, […]

  • January is National Blood Donor Month. Reserve your Lifesaving Appointment Now!
    by InovaNewsroom on January 14, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Falls Church, VA – Since 1970, blood donors have been recognized in the month of January during National Blood Donor Month. This January, the blood supply is critically low for nearly all blood types. If you have Type O, Type A or Type B blood, please make an appointment to donate in the next few… The post January […]

  • Give the Gift of Life: Donate Blood at Tysons Corner Center Holiday Blood Drive on Dec. 21
    by InovaNewsroom on December 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Falls Church, VA – Give the gift of life this holiday season and make time to donate blood at the Tysons Corner Center Holiday Blood Drive on Monday, Dec. 21, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  All donors will receive a long-sleeved holiday themed shirt as a thank you for their donation. “We are so… The post Give the […]

  • Inova Blood Donor Services in Need of O+ Blood
    by InovaNewsroom on September 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Falls Church, VA – Every 2 seconds, a patient requires a blood transfusion and right now, blood usage is outpacing donations. Inova Blood Donor Services is currently experiencing a critically low supply of O+ blood and is asking the community to help.   Blood donation is safe. Inova has safety precautions in place […]

  • Summer is Here and the Need for Blood Donors is Critical
    by InovaNewsroom on June 3, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Falls Church, VA – Summer has always been a challenging time for the community’s blood supply, due to high school summer holidays and family vacations—this year, COVID-19 has presented us with a new set of challenges.  As the restrictions are cautiously lifted, and elective surgeries have successfully restarted […]

  • Have You Recovered from COVID-19? We Need Your Help!
    by Inova Newsroom on April 14, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Inova Health System is looking for individuals recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma (colorless fluid part of blood) for a research study. Your donated plasma contains immunoglobulins (immune protection) and this study will use your plasma to help patients currently sick with COVID-19 disease. Learn more at […]

  • Inova Blood Donor Services Urgently Seeking Healthy Donors
    by InovaNewsroom on March 13, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Falls Church, VA – Inova Blood Donor Services is urging all individuals who are healthy and well to donate blood, plasma, and platelets.  Due to COVID-19, cancellations of blood drives from High Schools to Community to Business Partners have caused a critical shortage in the blood supply in our area and throughout […]

  • Don’t Miss Your Shot! Donate Blood on March 3, Get a Capitals Bobblehead and Chance to Win Pair of Capitals Suite Tickets
    by InovaNewsroom on February 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Sign up now to donate blood and save lives on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.  All donors who donate at Dulles Donor Center or Woodburn Center will receive a bobblehead* as a thank you for their donation.  All donors will be automatically entered to win a pair of SUITE tickets** to the Washington Capitals game on… The […]

  • Strike Out Blood Shortages
    by InovaNewsroom on February 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Donate Blood at Inova’s 3rd Annual Spring Training Blood Drive Event Join Inova Blood Donor Services on Saturday, February 15, 2020, to strike out blood shortages and save lives at the 3rd Annual Spring Training Blood Drive Event.  All donors will receive a Nationals hat* as a thank you for their donation and will […]

  • Gift Card Giveaway for Blood Donors on Black Friday!
    by InovaNewsroom on November 19, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Make time to give blood on Black Friday, November 29, and get a $10 gift card as a thank-you gift!  Gift card choices include: Amazon, Target, Home Depot, Best Buy and Starbucks.  The Black Friday Donation event is taking place at three Inova Blood Donor Centers across Northern Virginia and appointments are filling […]

  • Blood Donation: Good Science and Goodwill Team Up to Save Lives
    by Terri Craddock on September 12, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Terri L. Craddock, MBA, MLS(ASCP), HP, is the senior director of Inova Blood Donor Services. Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs donated blood. But we don’t often stop to think about what it takes to make sure our hospitals are stocked with a blood supply that is safe and ready when patients need… The post […]

  • T-shirts for Blood Donors on August 30! Donate blood and save up to three lives!
    by InovaNewsroom on August 28, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    On Friday, August 30, Inova Blood Donor Services is hosting an event to boost the blood supply before Labor Day weekend.  Inova Blood Donor Services is inviting all donors to stop by, donate, and get a free T-shirt as thank you for their donation!  Make your appointment—Call 1-866-BLOODSAVES or visit […]

  • Ice Cream Treats for Donors on August 2! Donate blood and save up to three lives!
    by InovaNewsroom on August 1, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    National Ice Cream Sandwich Day is on Friday, August 2.  Inova Blood Donor Services is inviting all local donors to beat the heat and stop by one of Inova’s air conditioned donor centers to donate life-saving blood for patients in the Washington DC metro area.  All donors will receive a cooler lunch box* and […]

  • DONATE NOW! Emergency Need for Blood Donations
    by InovaNewsroom on July 17, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    The Washington DC region is experiencing a critical shortage of blood donations from ALL blood types due to decreased blood donations and increased patient needs for blood transfusions.  Summer is always a tough time for blood donations—this year is like none other, there is a nationwide blood shortage.   Due to a […]

  • Joy of Giving in July Donation Event
    by InovaNewsroom on July 3, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Inova Blood Donor Services is hosting a Joy of Giving in July Donation Center Event.  The summer season in healthcare is often referred to as “Trauma Season”.  Donate blood, platelets, or plasma on July 5, 2019, to help save local lives across the Northern Virginia area.  Your gift of time will help patients […]

  • DC Area Blood Donors Urgently Needed
    by Inova Newsroom on June 26, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Critical Blood Shortages Across the DC Metro Area – Blood Donors Needed Now to Meet Patient Care Needs Sterling, VA – The Washington, DC region is experiencing critical shortages of red blood cells. All donor blood types are needed currently to help ensure patients from Northern Virginia have what they need to […]

  • Join Greg Stroman, Redskins Cornerback to Donate on World Sickle Cell Day Blood Donors Needed for World Sickle Cell Day Blood Drive
    by InovaNewsroom on June 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    World Sickle Cell Day is on Wednesday, June 19th.  Sickle Cell Disease affects more than 700,000 people in the United States.  Their red blood cells are shaped like sickles instead of normal biconcave, disc-shaped red cells.  Normal shaped red cells travel through veins of people easily, whereas the abnormally […]