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Type O Blood Supply Low

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ALEXANDRIA, La. – LifeShare Blood Centers reported Thursday that the local blood supply is running low on type O blood, and requesting that eligible donors give blood as soon as possible.  

"We are very concerned about the low type O blood inventory. It takes at least 24 hours after someone gives blood before it is available for use. This, combined with the low number of donors during the summer, could result in the blood supply reaching a critical level very quickly. In order to avoid this, we need more donors every day, especially now and through the weekend," said LifeShare spokesperson Tina Martinez in a statement. 

For a list of donation center, visit http://www.lifeshare.org/donate/find-a-blood-drive

"Blood transfusions are necessary for many medical conditions. Very often, this blood is the difference between life and death. A low inventory creates difficulty in supplying blood for these acutely-ill patients who need urgent transfusions. Patients are counting on the community to give blood and make a difference," says Dr. Gary Levy, medical director at LifeShare Blood Centers.  

For more information, visit www.lifeshare.org or call 318-445-7439 and toll-free at 1-800-256-7439.

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