Updated August 30, 2017 – LifeShare Blood Center is extending its center hours until 7:00 p.m. today through Thursday, August 31 to accommodate additional blood donations because of the severe weather along the coast. Eligible donors are encouraged to help support patients in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana, and to help maintain a stable supply in our community.
Cancelled blood drives and closed centers have resulted in the elimination of more than 1,400 expected LifeShare blood donations in the Beaumont, Texas, Alexandria and Lake Charles, La. areas due to flood conditions. LifeShare is the blood provider to hospitals in these areas and is currently supporting medical teams in the Houston area with donated blood.
The following LifeShare centers have extended hours through this Thursday: 2051 North Mall Dr., Alexandria (NOW CLOSED 8/30); 2909 Kilpatrick Blvd., Monroe; 8910 Linwood Ave., Shreveport; and 1321 College Dr., Texarkana.
For more information call 318.222.7770 or go to lifeshare.org.
See America’s Blood Centers statement on the situation:
AMERICANS URGED TO DONATE BLOOD IN AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE HARVEY
Bethesda, Md. – Hurricane Harvey and its associated flooding are impacting the nation’s blood supply. The AABB Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism is urging eligible donors across America, especially those with type O-positive blood, to make and keep donation appointments as soon as possible.
With blood drives cancelled for multiple days due to dangerous widespread flooding in Southeast Texas, all blood collection agencies in the U.S. are making every effort to meet the emergency blood needs of patients and ensure a sufficient blood supply in storm affected areas. It is important for blood donors to give in the coming days and weeks to meet the immediate and future needs in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. If donations are negatively impacted, the long-term needs of patients could be affected. “We are asking all potential donors, both current and first-timers, to make a commitment to donate blood or platelets as soon as possible,” said Dennis Todd, chair of the task force.
Individuals with type O blood are critically important at this time and should schedule a blood donation appointment as soon as possible. Type O blood is the only blood type that can be safely transfused to most patients with other blood types and is frequently used in emergency situations. The task force applauds those who wish to help and encourages all eligible individuals to give blood regularly to help ensure that blood is available whenever and wherever it is needed.
The task force will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as blood needs change.
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