Updates on critical blood shortage facing Northwest Gerogia, Blood Assurance: Those listening to Thursday’s Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM heard Mandy Perry outline the shortage facing area hospitals.
Blood Assurance is the only blood products provider for Floyd, Redmond Regional, Cartersville Medical and Gordon Hospital. The daily need is 400 pints and numbers are low because of the holiday season (travel and related reasons).
Here’s more from Blood Assurance:
There is currently a blood shortage and a trauma this morning has further exhausted the blood supply. Blood Assurance is asking all its communities to please come out and donate blood.
“We are experiencing a critical need at this time,” said Dr. Elizabeth Culler, medical director at Blood Assurance. “We always see higher usage on New Year’s Eve and that combined with the trauma today and low donor turnout has led to a serious blood shortage.”
Each donation of blood contains plasma, red blood cells and platelets that can be used to save up to three lives. Patients undergoing surgery, receiving cancer treatment or organ transplants rely on donated blood, in addition to the unexpected traumas seen at hospitals on a daily basis. All blood used at hospitals is given by volunteer donors only.
Because of the increased need, emergency blood drives are currently being scheduled across the Blood Assurance service area. If someone wants to find a blood drive or Blood Assurance facility, they can visit bloodassurance.org or call 800.962.0628.
To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 18 years old (16 and 17 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids — avoiding caffeine — and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating. To schedule an appointment at a donor center or blood drive near you, please visit www.bloodassurance.org, call 800-962-0628 or text ‘BAGIVE’ to 444999.