LifeShare Blood Centers conducted a blood drive at Wadley Regional Medical Center in Hope Thursday. The mobile blood drive bus was parked in the hospital’s emergency room parking lot.
A total of 16 units was donated Thursday. Donors received a t-shirt in addition to the knowledge that they were helping save lives.
LifeShare Blood Centers reports the local blood supply is critically low on type O negative blood and requests that all eligible type O donors come give as soon as possible. Type O positive is also low and needs replenishing.
“Our type O negative blood supply has reached a critical level. Currently there is less than a two-day supply available. This is particularly concerning following the holiday weeks because traditionally it slows during this time, and we don’t see as many donors coming forth,” said LifeShare spokesperson Tina Hooper.
It takes at least 24 hours after someone gives blood before it is available for use. There is no manufactured substitute for human blood, it must come from blood donors.
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:
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.