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Look Around Lubbock: Vitalant in critical need for blood donations

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Vitalant, the nonprofit blood bank, has declared a critical shortage of blood as blood providers nationwide have less than a two days' supply of necessary blood types. For Vitalant, the busy holiday season resulted in over 21,000 fewer donations than expected. Due to the critical shortage, donors are encouraged to give blood as soon as possible.

Currently, all blood types and components are in short supply, with a special need for platelets and type O blood donations. Platelets have a very short shelf life—only five days. Type O-negative blood is the universal blood type that can help stabilize all patients. Nationally, Vitalant needs to collect more than 35,000 blood products per week to meet patient needs. In the West Texas regions, about 200 blood products are needed to be collected per day to meet local patient needs.

Red blood cells are used for trauma, surgery and emergencies. Platelets and red blood cells are used to fight chronic disease like patients with cancer, hemophilia and sickle cell disease. Plasma is used to stop bleeding for burn patients and those with clotting disorders.

If you would like to donate, call 877-258-4825 or go to bloodhero.com.

 

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