BloodCenter of Wisconsin Issues Emergency Appeal for Blood Donations
The BloodCenter of Wisconsin is issuing an emergency appeal for blood donations. Due to a critical shortage all blood types are needed.
The BloodCenter has experienced a shortfall in donations in the past few weeks as a result of the flu season. The recent winter snowstorm created an even greater urgency because of the cancellation of scheduled donation appointments.
Currently the BloodCenter has less than a one day supply of O negative blood which has been ongoing for nearly a week. Most other blood types have had less than a two day supply for more than a month. To ensure they are prepared for any trauma situation, the BloodCenter likes to have a constant 3 day supply.
The BloodCenter of Wisconsin is the exclusive provider of blood to 56 Wisconsin hospitals.
To schedule an appointment, call 1-877-BE-A-HERO. Anyone 17 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. The entire process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes their date of birth.