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LOW BLOOD SUPPLY LEVEL ALERT: O- and B-

Shreveport, La., Dec. 18, 2014 –The O negative and B negative blood supply levels are at an extremely low level. The minimal blood available in these two blood types is an immediate concern in order to provide for current and new patients with needs that will arise through Christmas.

“Because typically fewer people donate the week of Christmas, if the low level is not remedied now the reality is that a patient needing blood on Christmas day would not get it. You may not know exactly who will need that blood, but no one wants their own family member or friend to face that situation because there weren’t enough blood donors,” says Tina Hooper, spokesperson for LifeShare Blood Centers. 

People who may be eligible to give blood and know they have O negative or B negative blood type are needed immediately. Persons who are unaware of their blood type are also being asked to donate now, as it will be tested upon collection. Donations of all blood types are needed for constant replenishing, but O negative and B negative are the only two types approaching a critical situation.

O negative is the universal donor, meaning that all blood types can receive O negative blood. O negative blood is needed for transfusions where the patient’s blood type is not known or is O negative. Blood transfusions are a part of many life-saving treatments, including those for trauma incidents, blood disorders, and cancer among many others.

The following LifeShare Blood Centers’ locations are open for blood donations along with several mobile blood drives in the area. To locate a mobile blood drive, see a list of centers and hours, or for more information call your nearest center or go to www.lifeshare.org.

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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