Donors needed: Alabama facing severe blood shortage

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham, American Red Cross and LifeSouth are desperately seeking blood donations.

“We have reached critical low blood supply at UAB hospital,” said UAB Hospital Clinical Services Vice President Jordan DeMoss. “The lowest we’ve seen in 20 years.”

In a Zoom call hosted by UAB last week, the three organizations came together in a plea for donors.

“We are asking you to partner with LifeSouth and the Red Cross to get as many blood donations as possible and help us ensure that we have the resources our patients need when they need them,” DeMoss said.

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers spokesperson Cindy Peek said they’re in desperate need.

“We have less than a one-day supply. We provide 85% of Alabama hospitals’ blood supply,” Peek said. “Without the community’s help, we are going to reach an all-time low.”

DeMoss said UAB has delayed several surgeries because they lacked the blood necessary for the procedures.

“We started off days this week with 25% of our (Type) O stock,” DeMoss said. “As a Level 1 trauma center, we want to know that we have a stable supply of those products.”

If you’re interested in giving blood, you can search for nearby Red Cross blood drives right here, or nearby LifeSouth blood drives right here.

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