United Blood Services issues urgent call for donors

Blood shortage hits the Central Coast after the holiday weekend

Med Beat: Donors sought to build blood supplies

United Blood Services Central Coast is calling the Central Coast region to step up once again due to their signification donations in the past compared to the rest of the US.

The donor drop-off comes at a time when demand actually increases since summer sees and increase of accidents and traumas.

It takes 300 blood donations every day to meet the needs of area patients and to be ready for emergencies.

Bonfils is also in need of platelet donations, which have a shelf life of just five days. However, donors of all types are needed.

A press release from United Blood Services said there is a critical blood shortage nationwide.

In July alone, Virginia Blood Services is facing shortfall of several thousand donations, with deficits continuing through August.

Blood donated in this community helps save the lives of patients in 47 different hospitals throughout New Mexico and the Four Corners Region. Most other blood types are only safe to give to one or two other types.

Donor Recruitment Specialist Joshua Randall says blood supplies across the country remain at dangerously low levels following a severe decline in blood donations leading up to and following the July 4th holiday. S in Birmingham at 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health to donate blood.

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