Blood supply emergency continues, donate today | Health
AUBURN, AL - A blood supply emergency that began 10 days ago continues to present a challenge, according to LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, and blood donors are still needed.
“We appreciate the response from our donors and media, and we’ve made great progress, but we still have a ways to go,” said LifeSouth Vice President of Operations J.B. Bowles. “Our goal is to have our hospitals fully stocked and for us to have a five to seven-day supply of all blood types to resupply them. We haven’t reached that, yet. We never want to get to the point that hospitals have to delay elective surgeries because there isn’t sufficient blood in reserve.”
Bowles explained that the current shortage was brought on by a combination of factors, including increased usage of blood at hospitals and the impact of the flu epidemic that has prevented many regular donors from giving.
“We always need donors, and making up ground when supply levels drop is particularly difficult,” Bowles said. “Our biggest need now is for Types O-negative and O-positive. Those are the universal donors, the type we always want on hand for emergencies, because they can immediately help anyone in need.”
LifeSouth urges all eligible donors who are feeling healthy to come out and support their communities by donating blood as soon as possible. Donors must be 17 or older, or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is also required.
For information about donating, donors can call LifeSouth toll-free at 888-795-2707 or go to www.lifesouth.org. There will be several blood drives throughout Georgia and Alabama in the coming weeks.