Code Red Alert for O+ and A- Blood

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A very low level of blood supplies in certain types, is prompting the Community Blood Centers of the Ozarks to strongly urge donors to give blood this week.

The CBCO has issued a Code Red appeal, specifically for O postitive and A negative blood types, saying reserve levels are "extremely low."

The agency, which supplies 40 area hospitals with blood and blood products, says there is less than a one-day supply of blood in reserve for patient use at those hospitals. 

A Code Yellow alert is also in place for all other types of blood.

The CBCO cites a couple of factors for the shortage of blood.  In a news release, the agency says "Blood usage at area hospitals has spiked over the last couple of weeks.  Recent regulatory changes have resulted in an increase in donor deferral rates.  Those factors, combined with a lower than normal donor response over the past several weeks, have resulted in the current shortage status."

CBCO says it's donor centers are open this week in Springfield, Joplin, Bentonville and Springdale, with 18 other mobile blood drives scheduled in the CBCO service area over the next week.  More at or call toll-free at 1-800-280-5337.



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