Community Blood Bank has declared a severe blood shortage, according to a press release from the organization. Going into the holiday season along with experiencing record blood usage in the most recent weeks, Community Blood Bank is critically short of blood type “O” and looking for all blood types.
A blood donation opportunity will be on Monday, Dec. 13 at the Adrian EMS Hall between 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 5:00 p.m. Donors can schedule their appointment by logging onto www.cbblifeblood.org, selecting “events”, Monday, Dec. 13 and Adrian or calling (605) 331-3222. Donations will stay local for local use.
Stated Community Blood Bank Executive Director Ken Versteeg: “The holidays are upon us and we continue to see record blood usage at our local hospitals. The demand continues to outpace blood collections. Declaring a critical blood shortage is determined by evaluating the potential collections in the short term and the anticipated usage within the next 48 to 72 hours. Community Blood Bank has declared a critical blood shortage several times throughout 2021. We are experiencing a severe shortage in the area and see no relief from the amount of blood that is being transfused in the short term.”
Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form), weigh 110 lbs or more and be in good general health. It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating blood. Please bring an ID with you at the time of donation. For more information, log onto www.cbblifeblood.org.