Blood Center sends plea to counter shortage
MOULTRIE -- Southeastern Community Blood Center has two local blood drives
scheduled for this week in the wake of a critical blood shortage.
Donors can give from 9 a.m-3 p.m. today at Moultrie Technical College or
from 1-6 p.m. Thursday at Hubble Die Casting.
Southeastern Community Blood Center supplies all of Colquitt Regional
Medical Center's blood needs.
Monday morning, when the Southeastern Community Blood Center (SCBC) staff
evaluated the blood inventory for Tallahassee and surrounding areas, the
picture was disturbing. Currently there are only 33 units of Type O
positive on the shelf and less than a one-day supply of Type O negative
available for patients.
Consequently, the blood center, moment by moment, is carefully monitoring
distribution of blood products to the medical facilities they serve in
23 counties in North Florida and South Georgia. In some cases orders are
Blood donors are needed to donate blood at a center or at a mobile unit.
All 23 North Florida and South Georgia counties SCBC serves are affected.
"It gets worse," reports Jeanne Dariotis, CEO, Southeastern Community
Blood Center. "Our staff has called other blood banks to try to get
blood shipped to SCBC during this local blood shortage. This procedure
is normal practice when our supply is low. Unfortunately, we are not
able to secure a single drop because nationally other blood centers are
facing O positive and O negative blood shortages as well."
The Southeastern Community Blood Center asks healthy individuals to take
an hour of their time to donate blood now in order to make sure a
sufficient blood supply is available to meet local patient needs.
For more information contact the blood center at 850-877-7181,
800-722-2218 or at www.scbcinfo.org.