Resource sharing

Resource Sharing is a cooperative effort among independent blood centers to meet changing blood component needs and address temporary blood shortages around the country.

Blood is a living tissue with a limited shelf life. For this reason, a coalition of blood centers organized a program to utilize every unit of blood before it becomes outdated and must be discarded.

Resource Sharing philosophy recognizes it is better to share unused local blood component units with patients in areas of the nation suffering blood shortages. This practice ensures that precious resources are used to save lives – not wasted because of outdating.

LifeShare Blood Centers provide the blood needs of patients in our local service areas first. Blood is shared with others only after local needs are met. As stewards of the Gift of Life, we are responsible for managing donations so that they benefit someone, somewhere. LifeShare Blood Centers is committed to seeing that all donations are utilized to their fullest extent.

Resource Sharing allows LifeShare to maintain a lower processing fee which results in a reduction of your health care costs. We can do this only as a result of your generosity and commitment to being a regular blood donor.

Resource Sharing is a “good neighbor” policy adopted by LifeShare Blood Centers’ Board of Trustees in May 1991.

American Rare Donor Program (ARDP)

LifeShare Blood Centers is a member of the American Rare Donor Program (ARDP), a collaboration between the American Red Cross and AABB Immunohematology Reference Laboratories. ARDP was established in 1998 to organize and track information about donors with rare and special traits blood and better meet the needs of patients with rare blood types.

LifeShare maintains an inventory of rare and special traits blood, in both liquid and frozen state, to help ensure patients with complex compatibility issues receive compatible blood.

          LifeShare Blood Center, established in Shreveport, La. in 1942, regularly supplies blood components and related services to more than 100 medical facilities and hospitals throughout Louisiana, East Texas and South Arkansas. LifeShare is a member of America’s Blood Centers and the American Rare Donor Program, is licensed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, and accredited by AABB. LifeShare Blood Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community blood bank governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.