Blood Assurance reports critical shortage

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Blood Assurance in Chattanooga reports they are critically low of blood due to several recent trauma events.

They say that as of Tuesday morning, they had less than a day supply of type O-positive and B-negative.

Plus a day’s supply of type O-negative, A-positive and A-negative blood.

They like to have a five-day supply on hand to fill local hospitals’ needs.

“The inventory is critically low,” according to Christopher Swafford, Blood Assurance’s chief operating officer. “We also fear that with spring break approaching, the numbers are going to dwindle even further. We need about 400 donations per day to adequately supply our local hospitals. The time to donate and be someone’s hero is right now.”

You can schedule an appointment to donate at www.bloodassurance.org/schedule. Donors may also call 800-962-0628 or text BAGIVE to 999777

To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids — avoiding caffeine — and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating.

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