LifeShare Blood Center issues appeal for blood donors

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SHREVEPORT, La. – (KTAL/KMSS) – LifeShare Blood Center is issuing an emergency appeal due to a low blood supply.

LifeShare is currently unable to fill hospital orders and is rationing blood. 

“Hospitals may ask us for 20 units, but they only get 10. We can’t send what we don’t have. We consider an adequate blood supply to be about a 3-5 day supply of red blood cells. This weekend we had as little as an 8 hour supply of some blood type,” says Sr. Director of Blood Operations Benjamin Prijatel.

Hospitals are echoing the same concern.  “Willis-Knighton relies on a dependable blood supply, so we can assure that blood products are always available whether we’re caring for patients having surgery, patients in emergency situations or those hospitalized for a variety of diseases or health conditions,” says Claire Rebouche, Patient Safety and Quality Officer at Willis-Knighton Health System.

LifeShare is asking anyone who is eligible to donate blood.

Caddo Fire District 8 will be holding its Cuffs & Hoses blood drive this afternoon.

The drive will begin at 3:15 p.m. at the Caddo Parish Fire District 8 in Vivian on South Spruce Street.

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