Area blood supplies ‘dangerously low’

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Representatives from the Indiana Blood Center say frigid weather has impacted the number of donors visiting mobile blood drives. (Stock image)

Last week, the Indiana Blood Center reported its normal inventory levels have been depleted.

On one day in particular, it had less than a one-day supply on its shelves, approximately 700 units. A normal, daily inventory level is approximately 2,000 units.

All inventories of all blood types were described as “dangerously low” in a press release from the Indiana Blood Center, and some – O positive, O negative and B negative – were backordered at the time of the release, Jan. 2.

“This morning (Jan. 2), a local hospital required 60 units of O positive blood for a trauma patient,” the release stated. “The inventory is dangerously depleted, placing the community’s health at risk. Donors of all types are urgently needed…”

Indiana Blood Center representatives said one cause for low inventory could be recent frigid temperatures. There are six donation centers around the state: 726 Adams St., Suite 150, Carmel; 3450 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis; 11006 Allisonville Rd., Fishers; 8739 U.S. 31 S., Indianapolis/Greenwood; 2200 Elmwood Ave., Suite D16, Lafayette; and 2021 S. Third St., Terre Haute.

To see a complete list of hours, locations, including mobile locations, or to find out more about donating, visit indianablood.org.

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