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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Florida Blood Services in Need of O+ and O & A - Blood

Please consider helping out. It's also a great science lesson for the kids, if you take them along with you!


Local Patient Blood Usage Outpacing Community Blood Donations

(St. Petersburg, FL: 2/4/09) Florida Blood Services imported 180 units of blood types O negative (30), O positive (125) and A negative (25) today from other US Blood Centers to meet local patient needs, as usage continues to outpace blood donations in the Tampa Bay region. This was all of the type O negative blood that other Blood Centers could share, leaving pending hospital orders for an additional 75 units of this universal blood type.

Donors with type O or A negative blood are urgently requested to give blood at a FBS Donor Center or bloodmobile as soon as possible. For donation locations, call 1-800-68-BLOOD (25663) or visit

"Last week, we delivered 4,744 units of blood to our area hospitals, with only 4,174 units being donated during the same period," said JB Gaskins, FBS Vice President. "The flu and cold season coupled with layoffs at blood drive sponsors has made less donors available to give blood, while at the same time, the increase in our seasonal population as well as the crowds here for the Super Bowl have multiplied demand," said Gaskins.

Generally, healthy people age 16 (with parental permission) or older, who weigh at least 110 pounds can be blood donors.

FBS currently provides for the blood needs of patients at 37 hospitals in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk Counties, through the generosity of volunteer blood donors. Over 800 donations are required daily, due to the high quality of medical care in Tampa Bay that serves the most critically ill patients throughout west central Florida.

Dan Eberts

Corporate Communications Manager
Cell) 727-656-5239

Additional Blood Supply Information is Available at

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