Blood Center sends plea to counter shortage

Staff Reports

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

being delayed.

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

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