Blood Assurance

3:14pm

Tue April 15, 2014
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Blood Assurance Has Critical Need For O Negative Blood

Blood Assurance particularly needs Type O negative blood, B negative, and platelet donors.  In this segment, Bonnie Phillips from Blood Assurance speaks with WUTC’s Virginia Daniels about the shortage, ways people can donate, and special promotions and giveaways at Blood Assurance.

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11:28am

Mon June 4, 2012
A Vein Attempt No More

Blood Assurance Turns 40, But Transfusions Have Longer, Stranger Past

This image shows an early attempt at a blood transfusion. Starting in the 17th century, some doctors would use animal blood to treat human patients.
The National Library of Medicine

Blood Assurance opened in the early 1970s by providing blood for four hospitals in Chattanooga. Now it serves more than 50 healthcare facilities.

The first-ever blood donation involved a pope, three gold coins, and an unusual method for transfusion. Let's just say blood transfusions have come a long way, too.

In honor of Blood Assurance's 40th birthday, we look back at the history of blood donation in Chattanooga, and the long, storied past of blood donation itself.

 

 

 

 

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