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Plant Explosion Near Baton Rouge Imposes Increased Need for Blood Donations

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Several victims from the plant explosion near Baton Rouge are currently using blood. LifeShare is the blood supplier to Baton Rouge General, which is now treating eight victims, five confirmed with burn wounds.

At this time, LifeShare Blood Centers has provided all O negative red blood cells and platelets available in the LifeShare Baton Rouge center. Area hospitals have requested more blood, as treatment for these victims continues and the extent is still unknown. LifeShare is currently transporting blood components from Alexandria, La. and Shreveport, La. to support the medical needs, as a result of this explosion. Additionally, several other patients are using large amounts of A positive plasma, and O negative and O positive red blood cells.

Due to the increased demand for blood, LifeShare is asking for more donors to refill the supply being used. Once donated, it will take at least 24 hours before the blood is available for patient use. It is also important to have blood available in the coming days and weeks; therefore, LifeShare is also scheduling donation appointments.

LifeShare Blood Centers is taking donations at the Shreveport center (8910 Linwood Ave.) until 7:00p.m. today; at the Shreveport and Bossier City, (1523 Doctors Dr.) and Texarkana, (1321 College Dr.) centers from 8:00a.m. until 4:00p.m. through Friday, June 14. Several mobile drives are being conducted, including Shreveport's Cuffs & Hoses blood drive until 3:30p.m. today and again tonight from 8:30p.m. until midnight at the Shreveport Police Dept., 1234 Texas Ave.,  and various locations and hours through this Saturday. For more information, call 318.222.7770 or visit www.lifeshare.org.


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