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Low Blood Supply Level Alert: O- and B-

The local O negative and B negative blood supply levels have dropped sharply this week, resulting in an immediate and urgent need for additional blood donors in order to continue to avoid a critical situation.

“Unfortunately, the trend we’ve been seeing since early December has continued and without donors coming forward it will quickly become a critical situation for our area. As a nation, we are also presented with the additional problem of extreme weather preventing donors from giving in many areas. This creates just one more reason why we need stability in the local supply,” says Tina Hooper, spokesperson for LifeShare Blood Centers.

People who are possibly eligible to give blood and know they have an 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 critical.

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, make an appointment, 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