San Diego Blood Bank asks for blood donations in face of shortage
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego Blood Bank, primary supplier of blood to the majority of hospitals in San Diego County, is asking the public to donate blood in the face of a recent shortage of donations, which has put the blood bank and area hospitals in an emergency situation in the coming weeks.
The drop in donations is due in part to the Zika virus travel deferral, which asks donors who’ve traveled outside of the continental United States to wait 28 days after returning to the U.S. to begin donating again.
On average, the San Diego Blood Bank must collect a few hundred donations every day to ensure a reliable supply for local hospital patients. All blood types are needed. Current inventory levels for some blood types are at less than a 3 day supply, with the universal blood type, O negative at less than a 2 day supply. Standard inventory levels are generally at 5-7 days.
“Our inventory is at dangerously low levels” says Robert Baracz, San Diego Blood Bank Vice President of Marketing. “We strongly encourage donors to visit any of our 6 donor centers or bloodmobiles and donate blood today.”
To be eligible to donate blood you must:
- Be at least 17-years-old (15 and 16 year olds may donate with parental consent)
- Weigh at least 114 pounds
- Be in good general health
For donor center and mobile drive locations and more information about SDBB, visit www.sandiegobloodbankorg, call 1-800-4MY-SDBB.