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Blood Donations are Urgently Needed

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 23 Dec 2010 03:09pm | comments

The demand for type O negative blood is nearing critical levels in parts of the state. But as MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports the need for all blood type donations are up.

Type O negative blood donors account for only 6 percent of the population in the state. But with an expected increase in trauma situations Susan Aides with Mississippi Blood Services says there is a need for all types of blood through the New Years Day.

"Accidents, sicknesses, surgeries they don't take a holiday like you and I might take one. The need for blood just doesn't, you know people who are suffering from cancer, that cancer just doesn't go on hiatus because of the holiday season. And those people who need platelets and blood products they need it. It needs to be there for them so they can recover, you know that is part of the recovery process."

Blood banks are especially concerned with the critically low supply during this time of year mainly because of increased travel and accidents. Mississippi Blood Services Director, Janet Herman says that makes it paramount that all blood levels including type O negative be at their ample best.

"The week between Christmas and New Years people have a lot of time on their hands, we're here we would love to have 'em because a lot of our regular donors are gone. So we do have period of a two week timeframe where we are kinda scared and short as to what we might need on a daily basis."

All hospitals in Mississippi contract with blood suppliers, they include, United Blood Services, Mississippi Blood Services and the Red Cross. Katie Swinney, Marketing Director for United Blood Services says on any given day blood centers need at least 250 blood donors to give blood. Donors must be at least 16 years old and in good health. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports.

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