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O Negative Blood Donors Needed Following Disasters

In light of the tragedy in Boston, the nation’s blood supply has experienced high usage and requires additional donations. LifeShare Blood Centers is asking the community to give blood so that blood needs are met, both locally and nationally during this critical time.

Blood banks supporting the hospitals local to Boston, Mass. put out a request to other blood centers to aid in replacing the units of blood used in this tragedy, and to help them further prepare for medical needs. Blood centers throughout the U.S. work through resource sharing, particularly during times of disaster, to ensure blood is available for the victims and to replenish the supply.

Blood takes a minimum of 24 hours to be tested and processed before it is available for use. Trauma needs, such as the bombing in Boston, typically use a high volume of O negative blood very quickly. In addition to immediate trauma needs, often victims require more surgeries and blood usage.

“The blood donated locally with LifeShare will be available to help replenish the blood supply in Boston after our local needs are met. Being a community blood center, we must continue to be prepared for the blood requirements for medical needs in our community. This month, the local blood supply has been at a minimal level. In order to support the needs around the Boston area, we need additional blood donors and donations to ensure the local supply doesn’t fall to a critical level,” says Tina Hooper, spokesperson for LifeShare Blood Centers.

For center hours, to locate a convenient mobile blood drive, or to make a donation appointment, go to www.lifeshare.org or call the LifeShare location nearest you:

Alexandria
(318) 445-7439
or toll-free (800) 256-7439

Baton Rouge
(225) 383-7728
or toll-free (866) 543-3296

Beaumont
(409) 838-5289
or toll-free (800) 256-5289

Bossier City
(318) 742-4636
or toll-free (877) 256-4115

El Dorado
(870) 862-2150

Lake Charles
(337) 436-4932
or toll-free (800) 256-4932

Monroe
(318) 322-4445
or toll-free (800) 256-4445

Ruston
(318) 254-1167

Shreveport
(318) 673-1471
or toll-free (800) 256-4483

Texarkana
(903) 794-3173
or toll-free (800) 264-5456

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. For more information and to schedule a blood donation or blood drive, please call your nearest LifeShare Blood Centers location.