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Blood supply emergency continues in Florida

Blood supply emergency continues in Florida

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers continues to face an emergency need for all blood types in Florida.

“We have seen donations continue to lag behind normal through most of our Florida communities, and the use of blood at our hospitals has grown, putting us further behind,” said LifeSouth Vice President of Operations JB Bowles. “Often patients postpone medical procedures during the holidays, so it’s not unusual to a see a sharp spike in the demand for blood in late January when they report to the hospital. We need to have the blood on hand to prevent any further delays.”

LifeSouth only uses the word “emergency” when the reserve supply to restock area hospitals drops below a two-day level. All blood types are needed, but the shortage is most acute for negative blood types, especially O-negative which is the universal donor and can be used by all patients in an emergency. Donors must be at least 17 or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is also needed.

“Once we fall behind, catching up is always a challenge. We need the help of our donors today to overcome this,” Bowles said.

 

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