Lifeblood Urges Blood Donors To Donate Now

MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - Since the beginning of the year, local weather conditions and the flu outbreak have put additional pressure on the Mid-South blood supply, which is already trying to recover from low donor turnout over the holidays.

 

Anticipated severe weather conditions in the Memphis area over the next several days will continue to significantly impact the number of people able to come out and give blood.  And yet the need for blood remains the same and is vital for patient care.

 

With severe weather affecting states throughout the country, there is no surplus of blood to rely to help during this critical need for blood. 

 

This year’s extreme flu outbreak in several states including Tennessee is an added obstacle for a sufficient amount blood donations. 

 

If you are healthy and able, Lifeblood is urging donors to donate now.  

 

All blood types are welcome with type O-negative most urgently needed.  O-negative is the universal blood type and can be given to patients of any blood type.  It is often used for premature infants and in emergency situations when there is no time to type and cross-match the patient.  

 

Platelet donors are needed as well.  Platelets are used in the treatment of patients undergoing chemotherapy.  Their shelf life is very short-only 5 days-while whole blood or red cell donations can last 42 days.

 

Donor center locations, hours of operation and an appointment scheduling option can be found at www.lifeblood.org.  Walk-ins are welcome. 

 

Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Fast Track Health History the day they donate. It’s at www.lifeblood.org.

 

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 and 17 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. Donors receive a free cholesterol test.

 

 


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