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Critical O Negative Blood Shortage

Shreveport, La., March 18, 2015 – Blood type O negative donors are in critical need as recent patient usage has increased substantially. LifeShare Blood Centers is asking all O negative donors to make a plan to give now. 

“At least five hospitals in our service area have patients currently using O negative blood. We do not have patient details, but do know that one patient is a young female going into surgery today and another is an elderly gentleman with internal bleeding. Less than seven percent of the population is O negative making every available donor vital,” says Tina Hooper, spokesperson for LifeShare Blood Centers. 

A decrease in blood donors during the wintry weather combined with an increased patient need has created the critical need for O negative donors. The supply of all other blood types is also being used daily and needs additional donors for replenishment. Anyone who is unaware of their blood type are also being asked to donate now, as it will be tested upon collection. 

“Donors of all blood types are necessary and welcome, but the immediate need for more O negative donors is imminent,” stressed Hooper. 

Give blood at a LifeShare center or at a mobile blood drive in the area. Call your local center or go to www.lifeshare.org for hours and blood drive locations. 

LifeShare Blood Centers locations: 

Alexandria
2051 North Mall Drive
Alexandria, LA  71301
318-445-7439
800-256-7439

Baton Rouge
3849 North Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA  70806
225-383-7728
866-543-3296

Beaumont
4305 Laurel Street
Beaumont, TX  77707
409-838-5289
800-256-5289

El Dorado
443 West Oak Street
El Dorado, AR  71730
870-862-2150

Lake Charles
214 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive
Lake Charles, LA  70601
337-436-4932
800-256-4932


Monroe
2909 Kilpatrick Boulevard
Monroe, LA  71201
318-322-4445
800-256-4445

Ruston
107 North Service Road East
Ruston, LA  71270
318-254-1167

Shreveport 
8910 Linwood Avenue
Shreveport, LA  71106
318-673-1471
800-256-5433

Bossier City
1523 Doctors Drive
Bossier City, LA  71111
318-742-4636

Texarkana
1321 College Drive
Texarkana, TX  75503
903-794-3173
800-264-5456



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