Blood Centers At Lower Than Normal Inventory, Donors Needed

Kelli Wiese
December 14, 2018 - 11:03 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - You could help save a life with just a little bit of your time.

Right now, Carter BloodCare officials say they are experiencing a lower than normal inventory of several blood types.The blood is needed for patient transfusions in the area. 

Linda Goelzer, Director of Public Relations with Carter BloodCare, says they is asking anyone with a blood type that is Rh negative, and who is able and eligible to give blood, to please make an appointment within the week.

All Rh-negative blood types (O-, A-, and B-) are well below the preferred levels to support local hospital requirements for their patients.

Type O-negative blood is always needed because it is the universal donor that is used in emergencies when a patient's blood type is unknown. However, that blood type exists in only seven percent of the population, so all Rh-negative blood groups are significant.

The blood helps to ensure chemotherapy patients receive platelets they require; red cells are available for heart surgery patients; and when a lifesaving donor organ arrives, blood is accessible to surgeons for the operation.

So, if you want to donate blood, call or text 800-366-2834, or visit carterbloodcare.org.  Also, eat a good meal and drink plenty of water one to two hours before giving blood. Standard eligibility requirements are: a minimum weight of 110 pounds, the donor feels well that day and presents a government-issued photo ID at each donation.