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BY ALEXANDER WILLIS

The nonprofit organization Blood Assurance is currently in critical need of O-positive, B-negative and A-negative blood types, with less than a single day’s worth of supply.

In a press release, Blood Assurance has reached out to its surrounding communities, asking for any and all residents to consider donating blood.

“Critical need like this can’t last” said Dr. Elizabeth Culler, medical director at Blood Assurance. “We are still supplying our hospitals for now, but this kind of shortage can lead to canceled surgeries and other problems. Local patients count on blood donors and right now they just aren’t coming in.”

Chief Operations Officer Christopher Swafford said Blood Assurance often sees less donations during the summer months, and that this summer has been no exception.

“Summer always means less blood donors and higher usage at our hospitals,” Swafford said. “We try to be as prepared as possible for any trauma that may occur and our current supply of some types would not be enough if a major trauma were to come in. We are asking all community members to please take thirty minutes of time to donate blood and save three lives.”

Blood donors must be at least 18 years-old, or 16 or 17 years-old with parental consent, and weigh 110 pounds or more. Prior to donating, donors are also asked to drink plenty of fluids, to avoid caffeine, and to eat a meal rich in iron.

To schedule an appointment, click here to visit Blood Assurance’s website, call 800-962-0628, or text “BAGIVE” to 444999.

Founded in 1972, Blood Assurance serves more than 70 health care facilities in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina, and states its mission as providing “safe and adequate supply of blood and blood components to every area patient in need.”

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