ST. PETERSBURG - Bayfront Medical Center ordered 18 additional units of type O negative blood Monday morning after the tragic shooting of police officers in St. Petersburg.
The additional order for blood drained what already were low reserves at Florida Blood Services' main distribution depot, according to a press release.
While, other Tampa Bay area hospitals supplied by FBS have blood on hand that could be transferred if needed, to maintain adequate inventories at all local hospitals, additional donations are requested by all eligible type O negative donors as soon as possible.
According to media reports, two St. Petersburg Police officers were shot and killed during a shootout at a St. Petersburg home. A U.S. Marshal also was shot during the incident. He is expected to live. The officers were serving a U.S. Marshalís warrant at the time of the incident.
Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can be blood donors. There is no upper age limit. Identification is required prior to donation. For further information, please call 1 800 68 BLOOD (25663).
Prospective donors can go to www.fbsdonor.org, enter their zip code and find convenient bloodmobile and neighborhood donor center locations and hours. In addition, people can call 1-800-68 BLOOD (25663) to discuss donation locations.
Headquartered in St. Petersburg, FBS provides over 350,000 blood donations to patients at over 100 hospitals and other ambulatory healthcare facilities throughout 42 Florida, Georgia, and Alabama counties, through the participation of volunteer donors.