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Community Blood Center Approaches Critical Levels

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Following another winter storm in the Ozarks, several blood drives were cancelled or postponed for the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO), creating blood supply levels approaching critical levels.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Following another winter storm in the Ozarks, several blood drives were cancelled or postponed for the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO), creating blood supply levels approaching critical levels.

A code yellow alert has been issued for all blood types, according to a statement from the blood center. The alert means there is less than a two-day supply of blood for use by patients at 38 area hospitals.

As of Monday, Jan. 6, type O negative inventory levels were at less than 30 percent of the normal levels. Type A negative levels were at around 35 percent of normal levels.

“The combination of last month’s winter storms and the holiday season had combined to bring our blood supply to pretty low levels already,” says Chris Pilgrim, the marketing manager at CBCO. “This latest storm has the potential to bring those stockpiles to a point we’ve not seen since the aftermath of the Joplin tornado in May of 2011. We need all donors and all types to respond immediately to ensure that patient care at our area hospitals goes uninterrupted.”

For more the latest blood drive updates and to find a blood drive near you, check out the CBCO website.

To hold a blood drive at your church, school or business, call 1-800-280-5337.

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