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Blood supply dips to critical level

February 11, 2014

LifeServe Blood Center, the sole supplier of blood products to more than 100 hospitals in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, urgently needs donors to give blood to increase the blood supply. Recent winter weather has caused the blood supply to dip to a critically low level.

LifeServe Blood Center has seen a loss of more than 1,000 units of planned blood collections due to poor road conditions, severe temperatures, and power outages that forced the cancellation of mobile blood drives and donor center operations.

"We normally have a three to five day blood supply on our shelves," said Stacy Sime, chief executive officer for LifeServe Blood Center. "Our blood supply dwindled to less than a two-day supply following the initial storms. After the second round of winter weather hitting, we've not had enough time to replenish those lost units and our blood supply has plunged to dangerously low levels." While LifeServe Blood Center has not been able to collect, the demand for blood continues at a steady pace. "We need to immediately increase our supply, especially type O Negative and O Positive blood types. We are calling upon the community for help."

Donors are urged to schedule appointments or walk-in to donate at the Marshalltown Donor Center, Nicholas Center at 2501 S. Center St., Suite M. The donor center will be open for donations: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday; and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

A mobile drive will be held from 12:30 to 6 p.m. to Feb. 18 at Grinnell Community St. Mary's Educational Center.

Appointments can be made through LifeServe's website, or by calling locally at 800-287-4903.



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