Ark-La-Tex (KMSS) — As you can see from the last week of tragedies, the blood supply takes constant monitoring and replenishing. Thanks to donors that gave in advance and additional donations being sent in from the surrounding area, blood was available for the victims who needed it immediately. As these victims undergo surgery, blood must continue to be provided for those victims as well as the typical medical needs that require blood components.
At this time, LifeShare is not sending blood immediately to the West, Texas area, but is continuing to stay close to the need and to be prepared. We are continuing to ask for additional donors as we remain on standby to assist with those needs.
It takes more than 1,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of our area, and even more when disaster strikes. Although the replenishment is very important at this time, blood donations made in advance of the need are critical to being able to respond to these unforeseeable events with the emergency medical procedures required.
“Through a network of blood centers throughout the United States, when a blood supply depletes to an unsafe level, surrounding blood centers work to provide blood to that area. Being a neighboring blood center to the area affected by the explosion, we are acting quickly to increase the local inventory. This allows us to help replenish the blood supply in the Texas area, as needed, while keeping the blood supply in our immediate area at a safe level,” says Tina Hooper, spokesperson for LifeShare Blood Centers.
Trauma injuries, such as those caused by the explosion in West, Texas, typically require several units of blood immediately and blood components for follow up surgeries. Due to the multitude of injuries, the blood inventory in that area is being used quickly. Blood type O negative experiences the most use during emergency needs such as this because it is the universal blood type, meaning that someone with any blood type can accept it. In these emergency situations, the medical facility often does not have time to learn the victim’s blood type.
-Release from LifeShare Blood Centers