Blood donors urgently needed
United Blood Services is making a critical appeal for all blood types.
High patient usage and a lack of blood donations have caused an on-going urgent and critical need for blood, United Blood Services stated in a news release.
This year’s severe flu outbreak is having a negative effect on blood donations, keeping the local blood supply critically low, it stated.
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.
Here is an updated list by blood type to supply patients for the next 24 hours: O positive, 288 pints; A positive, 208 pints; B positive, 71 pints; O negative, 80 pints; A negative, 64 pints; and B negative, 32 pints.
AB negative and AB positive donors are also needed for plasma donations.
United Blood Services’ center is located at 1234 David Drive, Morgan City. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 985-384-5671 or visit www.unitedbloodservices.org.