Need for blood donors in Augusta area called 'urgent'

Blood bank supplies have dropped to extremely low levels in the Augusta area, prompting an urgent need for blood donors.

A daily inventory indicated that supplies of O-negative and O-positive blood types will last less than one day, said Linda Petersen, the marketing manager for Shepeard Community Blood Center. Supplies for B-positive, A-negative and B-negative will last less than three days.

“We have an urgent need,” Petersen said. “It can happen overnight.”

Blood supplies can drop quickly when hospitals treat patients requiring large amounts of blood, such as trauma and surgery patients, she said. Cancer and burn patients also require blood.

“You can’t get blood in a factory. The only way we can get this blood is through the kindness of the people,” Petersen said.

Critically low blood supplies have hit blood banks across the nation. Peterson said banks often experience lower donations during January.

Although AB-positive, A-positive and A-negative blood types are in good supply, Shepeard encourages everyone to donate to prevent shortages.

BLOOD CENTERS OPEN

Three Shepeard Community Blood Centers are open today:

• 1533 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; (706) 737-4551

• 4329 Washington Road, Evans; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; (706) 854-1582

• 353 Fabian Drive, Aiken; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; (803) 643-7996

 

BLOOD DRIVES TODAY

• Morningside Assisted Living, 353 N. Belair Road, Evans; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Belvedere Elementary School, 201 Rhombold Place, Belvedere; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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