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The Blood Center Issues a Statement Regarding the Recent Tragedies

Posted by Paul Adams on July 17, 2016 4:34 PM


New Orleans, LA – In the wake of the tragic shooting of Baton Rouge police officers, The Blood Center has been called upon by area hospitals to provide 200 blood components. 

Our nation’s blood supply is at critically low levels with the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the American Red Cross issuing a joint press release early last week concerning the state of the nation’s blood supply. The community is urged to visit an area donor center to give blood now. The Blood Center is opening the Denham Springs Donor Center at 1951 Florida Ave and the Hammond Donor Center at 1116 McKaskle early Monday for those wanting to donate at 9 a.m. Bogalusa, Gautier, LaPlace, Mandeville, Mathews, Metairie, Slidell, Thibodaux and Westbank donor centers’ will be open tomorrow during regular hours, available at TheBloodCenter.org and will extend hours as needed to accommodate donors.

Donations made yesterday and in the days prior are helping patients today. Without consistent and regular donations, situations like this tragic shooting that requires massive transfusions to save patient lives, would not be possible.

Regular blood donations help The Blood Center provide blood and blood components to over 40 area hospitals for patients throughout Southern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi. Groups interested in hosting a blood drive should call 800-86-BLOOD to schedule an event.

The Blood Center needs to collect 300-350 units of blood daily. Visit one of The Blood Center’s 14 area donor centers or a mobile blood drive in the next few days to prevent any disruption in patient care.  The Blood Center needs adequate inventory levels in place consistently to prevent impediments in patient care.

Any healthy individual 17 (or 16 with a parental consent) and over 110 lbs. can donate whole blood every 56 days. Visit TheBloodCenter.org or call us at 800-86-BLOOD to schedule a donation. Bring a photo ID and be sure to eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to your donation.

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