Regional blood supply reaches critical levels
February 24, 2011
NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 24, 2011
Puget Sound Blood Center said the blood supply in the region could reach critical levels in many blood groups soon, due to missed donations stemming from the recent snowstorm.
Leaders encouraged Western Washington residents to donate as soon as possible in order to maintain the blood supply.
People can stop by 11 donor centers in order to donate. Call 1-800-398-7888 to schedule appointments. The center encourages appointments, but welcomes walk-in donors, too.
The center said a blood group is labeled critical if less than a two-day supply remains; a four-day inventory is considered operational.
Puget Sound Blood Center lost more than 1,000 donations due to people unable to donate as a result of the inclement weather.
In addition, donations center across the region continue to operate at about 50 percent of capacity. Some blood drives had to be canceled altogether due to the weather.
The center requires more than 900 donor registrations each day in order to maintain the operational blood supply in the region.