Low Blood Supply Level Alert: O- and B-

Shreveport, La., Jan. 7, 2014 –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

 

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