Local blood supply dwindling, Type O needed
LifeShare Blood Centers reports the local blood supply is running low on type O blood and requests that eligible donors come forward and give as soon as possible.
"We are very concerned about the low type O blood inventory. It takes at least 24 hours after someone gives blood before it is available for use. This, combined with the low number of donors during the summer, could result in the blood supply reaching a critical level very quickly. In order to avoid this, we need more donors every day, especially now and through the weekend," said LifeShare spokesperson Tina Martinez.
"Blood transfusions are necessary for many medical conditions. Very often, this blood is the difference between life and death. A low inventory creates difficulty in supplying blood for these acutely ill patients who need urgent transfusions. Patients are counting on the community to give blood and make a difference," says Dr. Gary Levy, Medical Director, LifeShare Blood Centers.
For center hours, to locate a convenient mobile blood drive, or to make a donation appointment, go to www.lifeshare.org or call the LifeShare location nearest you.
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