Area Donors Urged to Respond Immediately
|January 7, 2015 – Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has issued a CODE RED EMERGENCY ALERT for blood donations. Donations over the past three weeks dropped to less than 60% of inventory requirements, largely due to the holidays, widespread illness, and frigid temperatures. Most blood types have dipped under a one-day supply, creating serious concerns for meeting the needs of the thirty-seven hospitals CBCO serves.
The critical shortage is especially alarming in a month typified by inclement weather and high hospital usage. “Patients in our region require more than 230 blood donations every day and while we have managed to keep the hospitals stocked, our reserves have dipped to dangerously low levels,” said Anthony Roberts, executive director. “We are urging our area donors to respond immediately to help rebuild reserves. And for those who have not donated blood in a long time or perhaps at all, now is the time to respond for our community.”
The blood center has five donor center locations ready to accept your donation right away. In addition, there are numerous blood drives throughout the 38-county region over the next several days. Please take a moment to locate a drive or donor center now and respond to the emergency appeal.