FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lifeblood announces EMERGENCY Appeal for all blood types
Memphis, TN– Plummeting blood donations since Memorial Day holiday has forced Lifeblood to issue an emergency appeal for all blood types, especially all Rh negative types: A-negative, B-negative, AB-negative and O-negative. As the community blood provider for this area and stewards of the community blood supply, maintaining an adequate supply of all blood types is imperative. Reserves of blood are depleted to a less than one day supply on the shelves. Since it takes 24 to 36 hours to test and process each donation before it can be released for a patient, blood is being transfused as fast as Lifeblood can provide it to hospitals. Donors of all types are urgently needed to give blood now. To schedule a blood donation online, go to www.Lifeblood.org or call Lifeblood at (901) 529-6320
“Unfortunately, due to high patient usage and fewer donations from the public, we find it necessary to alert the public about the dire need for all blood types, especially the Rh negative types” said Danny Garrick, Executive Director of Lifeblood. “If you are eligible to donate, please give now!” Garrick said.
Donors with Rh negative blood types are asked to inquire with a Lifeblood staff member about doubling their impact by donating Double Red Cells.
Appointments are highly recommended. Knowing how many to expect means we are better able to serve our donors.
Visit one of our convenient Lifeblood donor centers today:
Midtown: 1045 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38014
Bartlett: 7505 Highway 64, Suite 109
Bartlett, TN 38133
Desoto: 1055 Goodman Road East, Suite J
Southaven, MS 38671
Germantown: 2095 Exeter, #75
Germantown, TN 38138
East Memphis: 4702 Spotswood Avenue
Memphis, TN 38117
Volunteer donors must be at least 16 years of age and weigh at least 115 pounds and be in good health. Sixteen year olds must have parental permission. All donors 16-22 years of age must meet certain height and weight requirements. Log on to www.lifeblood.org to schedule your appointment today.
Located in the heart of the Memphis medical district (1040 Madison Avenue), Lifeblood is the Memphis region’s only non-profit volunteer blood center. Lifeblood is the leading provider of blood and blood components to area hospitals, supplying more than 100,000 units for local patient transfusions each year. Lifeblood is a member of America’s Blood Centers, an alliance of community-based, non-profit blood centers. Through its neighborhood donor centers and full schedule of mobile blood drives, Lifeblood provides opportunities to donate blood throughout the year. In 2013, Lifeblood celebrated 50 years of service and 4 million lives impacted by volunteer donors in the community. On October 1, 2015 Lifeblood joined Blood Systems, one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit transfusion medicine organizations. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.lifeblood.org or call 1-888-LIFEBLOOD.