Inova Needs Blood Donations
All types are needed to replenish a dwindling supply.
Inova Blood Donor Services has issued a call for eligible blood donors to visit their local blood center or mobile blood drive to donate blood and/or platelets as soon as possible. Donors may schedule an appointment, or find a blood drive or donor center in proximity by visiting www.inova.org/donateblood or calling 1-866-BLOODSAVES (866-256-6372).
“The inventory of blood at Inova has been severely impacted by a lower than normal blood donor participation rate attributable to an unseasonably mild early spring coupled with summer activities and vacations,” according to Terri Craddock, Director, Inova Blood Donor Services. “This has lead to critically low inventory levels of blood and platelets, leaving hospitals vulnerable in response to emergency patients as well as challenged in meeting in- or out-patient procedures requiring the use of blood and blood products.”
Everyday Inova must collect approximately 250 units to keep up with demand, yet collections have slipped to between 150-200 units daily. All blood types are needed—but especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative—in order to meet patient demand this summer.
“Blood testing can take 24-48 hours before it is available to patients,” according to Craddock. “I encourage the public to access www.inova.org/donateblood or call 1-866-BLOODSAVES without dely.”