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Vitalant blood supply in critical shortage

1 month 3 weeks 7 hours ago Monday, October 18 2021 Oct 18, 2021 October 18, 2021 2:05 PM October 18, 2021 in News - Local
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The nonprofit blood provider Vitalant is experiencing a critical blood and platelet shortage and is urging all eligible donors to make an appointment, according to a Monday news release. 

The organization said its supply of Type O blood, the most transfused blood type, has plummeted to under a two-day supply – its lowest level since May 2020.

“Compared to the beginning of the pandemic, patient needs are stronger than we expected,” Vitalant Senior Vice President Cliff Numark said in the news release. “We’re seeking about 1,000 additional volunteer donors to make and keep an appointment each week for the foreseeable future to ensure Vitalant can help trauma victims, cancer patients, and critical surgeries.”

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Vitalant is also facing a critical shortage of platelet donations. The tiny cells must be transfused within about a week of donation; about 50% of platelets are given to cancer patients undergoing treatment.  

For more information and to schedule an appointment, visit vitalant.org or call 877-258-4825. 

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