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Blood Supplies Reach Dangerously Low Levels Coast-to-Coast

Blood Supplies Reach Dangerously Low Levels Coast-to-Coast

The Central Coast region has impressively stepped up in the past in response to similar calls to grow the blood inventory, by donating blood in truly significant amounts when compared to the rest of the U.S.

Supplies of blood during the summer months are low and United Blood Services is in desperate need of donations right now. More than 500 blood donors are needed every day to meet the needs of the 64 hospitals United Blood Services supplies to statewide, the network said. Donations from donors with the universal blood type O-negative are crucial due to the increase in accidents and trauma cases but donors of all types are needed.

Also, platelet donations, which have a shelf life of only five days, are in high demand. However, donors of all types are needed. Blood Centers of the Pacific operates a donation center at 3230 Beard Road in Napa.




VBS says it is now projecting a shortfall of 1,700 donations per week throughout its service area in July and greater shortfalls for the rest of the summer.

To help the blood bank, the annual 10 Cares Blood Drive will be Wednesday, July 19 from 12 p.m.to 5 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome at any United Blood Services location.

Donating takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments.


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