Blood Bank of Delmarva seeks donations after sharp drop in supplies

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The Blood Bank of Delmarva is seeking donations as tough weather hits the region.

Cancelled blood drives and reduced donor turnout throughout January have resulted in substantially fewer blood donations than what is needed to meet the needs of patients in the 19 hospitals served by Blood Bank of Delmarva,” a release stated.

“Patients rely on blood donors year-round, and it is especially difficult to maintain a stable blood supply during the winter months,” said Karesa Fleary, director of donor recruitment of the Blood Bank of Delmarva. “Blood reserves have now reached critical lows and we are calling on everyone who can to donate blood and save a life.”

The blood supply typically drops during the winter months, but this year’s decline is worse than expected. Donations are below what is needed to maintain an ideal 7-day supply of blood. Currently, Blood Bank of Delmarva has just a 3-4 day supply with types O- and B- at critically low levels, a release stated.

Donated blood is perishable and hospitals must have access to a continuous supply to ensure that all patients can receive the life-saving blood they need. Platelets— a component of blood that’s important for cancer patients—are in high demand.

BBD is urging donors to walk in to any of their centers or call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 to make an appointment. Donors can also make an appointment online at https://donate.bbd.org.

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