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Critically low Type O blood supply!

Type O blood donors are needed IMMEDIATELY for patient and emergency care. Donor Center hours have been extended through May 18th. Schedule your donation now.

Critically low Type O blood supply

Critically low Type O blood supply

The Blood Center is urging donations as the supply of Type O blood nears critically low levels

New Orleans (May 13, 2024) –The Blood Center (TBC) is sounding the alarm as supplies of Type O blood approach critically low levels, urging the community to visit donor centers this week to replenish this vital resource required for hospital and ambulatory care.

Billy Weales, President and CEO of TBC, says, “Donor Center hours are being extended now through Saturday. We’re appealing to business, civic and religious groups to host blood drives this summer. As the summer months approach, blood supplies historically drop, but seeing collections this low before schools are even let out is alarming. Students are great stewards of our blood supply, and with High Schools and Universities letting out for summer break, the broader community MUST step forward and ensure a safe and stable blood reserve for patients in need.”

"Type O- red cells are frequently employed in emergencies, particularly when the recipient's blood type is unknown. Moreover, type O+ red cells possess the advantage of compatibility with Rh-positive individuals, constituting approximately 85% of the populace. This explains the prevailing scarcity of blood units today," underscores Dr. Tim Peterson. "Given that blood cannot be synthetically produced, the survival of our patients hinges upon the altruistic contributions of our donors and the philanthropic endeavors of our mobile blood drive hosts."

The Blood Center, a nonprofit community service organization overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors, supplies blood and blood components to over 50 hospitals and outpatient facilities across Southeast Louisiana and Southern Mississippi. With twelve donor centers in the Gulf South, The Blood Center strives to maintain a stable and healthy community blood supply, requiring between 200 to 250 pints of blood daily.

While every blood type is needed, less than 5% of eligible individuals donate blood, despite 60% of the population being able to do so. Your contribution could save a life. For more information on blood donation, please call (800) 86-BLOOD or visit TheBloodCenter.org. Connect with The Blood Center on social media at @TheBloodCenter.

 

Contact Paul Adams, Public Relations Manager at (504) 319-7499 or PAdams@thebloodcenter.org.

 

 

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