United Blood Services calls for donations to replenish low supplies

12 July, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Garry Little
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The current O-negative blood supply sits at an approximate two-day supply, which is half of the ideal quantity needed to support patient needs.

VBS says it is now projecting a shortfall of 1,700 donations per week throughout its service area in July and greater shortfalls for the rest of the summer.

United Blood Services has been this area's non-profit community blood provider since 1951 and serves patients in 47 hospitals in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah.

Virginia Blood Services says a nationwide shortage has created a need for blood donors in our area.

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O-negative blood donors are especially needed because O-negative is a "universal" blood type, meaning it can be transfused into any recipient.

Monday, July 10: 8:00 a.m.to 6:30 p.m. Or you can go to their website at "vablood.org" and look for a bus or blood drive near you.

She said it takes about an hour of your time to donate, and up to 3 lives are saved with every single donation. Those relying on blood in the region receive that lifesaving blood from INBC.

Individuals who are 18 years of age (16 and 17 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood.

As part of Blood Systems Blood Services division, United Blood Services is included in a multi-state system of blood centers.

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