O Negative blood at critically low level

KMSS-TV
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 5:15pm

LifeShare Blood Centers reports the local O negative blood supply is critically low and requests that all eligible type O negative donors give blood as soon as possible.

“Often we struggle to find donors during the summer months, and the holiday weekend has worsened the situation. The O negative demand is higher than donations, resulting in less than a one-and-a-half-day supply available,” said LifeShare spokesperson Tina Hooper.

It takes at least 24 hours after someone gives blood before it is available for use. There is no manufactured substitute for human blood, it must come from blood donors. LifeShare is the provider of blood and blood to local and regional hospitals and medical facilities.

The following LifeShare Blood Centers’ locations are open for blood donations along with several mobile blood drives in the area.

Shreveport
8910 Linwood Ave.
318.673.1471
8:00a.m. – 5:30p.m. M, W, F
8:00a.m. – 7:00p.m. T, Th
8:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. Sat.

Bossier City
1523 Doctors Dr.
318.742.4636
8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. M, W, F
11:00a.m. – 7:00p.m. T, Th

Texarkana
1321 College Dr.
903.794.3173
8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. M, W, F
10:00a.m. – 5:30p.m. T, Th
8:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. Sat.

To locate a mobile blood drive, make an appointment, or for more information call your nearest center or go to www.lifeshare.org.
Individuals receive a mini-physical prior to the donation procedure, including a check of temperature, pulse, blood pressure and iron level. Potential donors must be age 16 or older, meet height and weight requirements feel well and healthy at the time of donation, eat a good meal and increase fluid intake prior to donation. 16-year-olds must present written parent or guardian permission to donate. Donors will be asked to present identification.
 

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