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Florida Blood Services reports critical shortage
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ST. PETERSBURG – Florida Blood Services is in need of blood donors.

“We are critically low with only a one-day backup supply on Types O Negative and O Positive as well as Types B Positive and B Negative blood,” Tom Kurella, FBS vice president, said in a March 2 release.

“The 37 Tampa Bay area hospitals we serve have record-breaking patient usage right now, along with our seasonal residents scheduling elective surgeries. This demand, along with that from more accidents and emergencies due to our population influx, has left our community’s blood supply dangerously low. Yesterday, for example, we had only 398 whole blood donations given, but issued 871 units of blood to our hospitals.”

FBS has imported hundreds of pints of blood to help ease the immediate crisis, according to the release. The need for blood is critical to increase the local blood supply to meet daily needs and to be prepared for emergencies.

More than 750 donations are required daily due to the high quality of medical care that serves the most critically ill people in West Central Florida.

Healthy people age 17 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds are asked to please donate blood as soon as possible. FBS has 14 donor centers open various days and hours including Sundays at select Donor Centers and more evening hours at others.

In addition, FBS has a fleet of bloodmobiles stationed at various locations throughout the Tampa Bay area. Call (800) 68-BLOOD or visit www.fbsblood.org.
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