Blood Assurance is critically low on O-positive, B-negative and A-negative blood and is also in urgent need of platelets. Blood Assurance needs five day’s supply of each blood type to ensure every patient has what they need. There is less than one day’s supply of B-negative, A-negative and O positive. They are asking for all able community members to give whole blood or platelets as soon as possible.
“Critical need like this can’t last” said Dr. Elizabeth Culler, medical director at Blood Assurance. “We are still supplying our hospitals for now, but this kind of shortage can lead to canceled surgeries and other problems. Local patients count on blood donors and right now they just aren’t coming in.”
Blood Assurance always sees fewer donors in the summer months and this year is no different. “Summer always means less blood donors and higher usage at our hospitals,” said Christopher Swafford, chief operations officer at Blood Assurance. “We try to be as prepared as possible for any trauma that may occur and our current supply of some types would not be enough if a major trauma were to come in. We are asking all community members to please take thirty minutes of time to donate blood and save three lives.”
To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 18 years old (16 and 17 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. To schedule an appointment or find a donor center or mobile drive near you, visit www.bloodassurance.org, call 800-962-0628 or text ‘BAGIVE’ to 444999.
In Tullahoma, find Blood Assurance at 652 N. Jackson St.
About Blood Assurance
Blood Assurance is a nonprofit, full-service regional blood center serving more than 70 health care facilities in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina.
Founded in 1972 as a joint effort of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society, the Chattanooga Area Hospital Council and the Chattanooga Jaycees, the mission of Blood Assurance is to provide a safe and adequate supply of blood and blood components to every area patient in need.