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Memorial Blood Centers Issues a Critical Alert For Blood Donations

Thursday, September 17, 2009 General News J E 4
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ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 10 The need for blood is constant, with someone in our community requiring blood from a generous donor every two seconds. But right now, Memorial Blood Centers is facing a serious challenge in maintaining an adequate supply of certain blood types to meet the needs of our 30 local hospital partners operating in the Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin communities we serve.

Due to existing patient needs and Standard Operating Procedures requiring a minimum supply available, Memorial Blood Centers is issuing a Critical Alert for all Type O donors--types O+ and O- blood.

While all blood types are always in demand, right now there is an Urgent appeal to B+ and A+ blood donors as well.

Fast Facts about Giving a Gift to Your Community:

Donors 17 and older must be in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds; donors 16 years of age must weigh at least 130 pounds, be at least 5 feet tall, and have written parental consent. While walk-in donors are always welcome, appointments can be made in advance by visiting www.memorialbloodcenters.org.

About Memorial Blood Centers

Memorial Blood Centers, celebrating its 60th anniversary, is a locally operated nonprofit organization that supplies life-saving blood and blood components to over 30 hospital partners throughout Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. Operating 11 donor centers and conducting hundreds of blood drives each month, Memorial Blood Centers also is a national leader in transfusion medicine, providing expert technical services to clients throughout the U.S. For more information call 888-GIVE BLD or visit www.memorialbloodcenters.org.

-- Type O negative blood is the only blood type that can be safely used for all emergency blood transfusions. -- And with over 45% of the U.S. population having Type O blood, thousands in our community could qualify to donate immediately.

SOURCE Memorial Blood Centers
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