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Urgent Appeal for Blood in Acadiana

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We’ve received an urgent request from United Blood Services:

URGENT AND CRITICAL NEED FOR ALL BLOOD TYPES

As the community blood provider, United Blood Services is making a critical appeal for all blood types today.  High patient usage and a lack of blood donations have caused an on-going urgent and critical need for blood.  This year’s severe flu outbreak is having a negative effect on blood donations, keeping the local blood supply critically low.  Local hospitals are experiencing a high increase in blood usage and United Blood Services is down to a less than one day supply to service all local hospitals.  If you are healthy, your blood donation is needed immediately.  Here is an updated list by blood type to supply patients for the next 24 hours:

Need  by Blood Type: 

O positive    288 pints

A positive    208 pints

B positive    71 pints

O negative   80 pints

A negative   64 pints

B negative    32 pints

AB negative and AB positive donors are also needed at this time for plasma donations.          

United Blood Services’ center is located at:

1503 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, Louisiana

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday:  8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Wednesday:  8:00am – 6:00pm

Friday: 8:00am – 4:30pm

Saturday:  8:00am – 3:00pm

Sunday: 8:00am to 2:00pm

Call 337-235-5433 or visit www.unitedbloodservices.org for more information about qualifying to donate blood, or to schedule an appointment.

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