More blood donors are needed now to increase the blood supply, which remains at a level estimated to last only two days. Blood donations of all types are being used daily by patients. In order to continue to meet patient needs and stabilize the supply, LifeShare reports that thousands more blood donors are needed this week in the area it serves, which includes most of Louisiana, and areas around Beaumont and Texarkana, Texas.
“If the blood supply is not stable, not only does it put everyone in the community at risk in times of disaster and unforeseen accidents, but it causes delays in needed surgeries, and jeopardizes the abilities for cancer patients and those with blood disorders to continue treatment. It takes more than 24 hours after donation to test and prepare the blood for patient use, and there is no other source for the blood that is needed. If more people don’t give it won’t be there when they need it,” says Tina Hooper, Executive Director, Marketing and Communications for LifeShare Blood Centers.
Anyone 16 years of age or older may go to lifeshare.org to find a blood drive or a donation center location and hours.
- UA Cossatot in Nashville will host a blood drive on February 13th, noon until 5.
- Minecreek Healthcare in Nashville will host a community blood drive on February 16th from 11 until 4:00. To register call 845-2021.
- Walmart in Nashville will hold a blood drive on the LifeShare Bus on Friday, February 17th from 2 until 6.