Blood donors needed to prevent critical shortage

February 2, 2015

NEW —  6 a.m. Feb. 2, 2015

The Puget Sound Blood Center has extended its urgent appeal for people to donate blood after a significant decline in the blood supply following the holiday season.

While donations normally dip during holiday periods, the PSBC is facing critical shortages for some blood types.

There is an acute shortage of platelets and O-negative red cells — the blood type that can be given to patients with any other blood type. Although supplies of these components are especially low, PSBC welcomes donors of all blood types to maintain a strong supply for patients in need.

The blood center supports nearly 90 hospitals in the Northwest, and the demand for blood components is continuous: patients in hospitals are still undergoing surgeries, ERs are treating traumatic injuries, people are receiving treatments for cancer, and surgeons are performing organ transplants — all depending on the blood supply to be there. Read more

EFR hosts blood drive July 31

July 28, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 28, 2014

The Puget Sound Bloodmobile will be at Eastside Fire & Rescue’s administrative headquarters from 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. July 31 for people to donate blood.

The bloodmobile, which will be at 175 Newport Way N.W., will close from 1-2 p.m.

EFR is working with the Puget Sound Blood Center to increase awareness in the benefits of being a blood donor.

  • Goal — Puget Sound Blood Center needs to get their blood supply above four days and to keep it at that level.
  • Fact — Puget Sound Blood Center needs to meet this goal in order to stay above critical and emergency levels.

Sign-up and schedule a specific time by calling Jenny Oltmann, firefighter with EFR, at 206-949-8414, or emailing

Walk-ins will be accepted with priority given to appointments. Donors with appointments may experience shorter wait times.

Heat wave triggers blood shortage, donors needed now

July 27, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 27, 2014

Puget Sound Blood Center issued an appeal for donors after collections began to dip sharply as a result of the recent heat wave.

During that week, more than a half-dozen blood drives were suspended or cancelled as temperatures soared.

Drives disrupted by the heat wave typically take place in community centers or places of worship not equipped with air conditioning. It takes about 900 donors per day to maintain a sufficient blood supply for more than 80 hospitals in the Pacific Northwest served by center.

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Puget Sound Blood Center has emergency need for donations

January 25, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 25, 2014

Puget Sounds Blood Center released an emergency request for blood donations at its centers this weekend and into next week.

A multistate network outage is being cited as the cause.

“The network outage caused the loss of both telephone and computer connectivity for most PSBC locations, resulting in cancellation of scheduled blood drives and suspension of collections at all donor centers,” Dr. James AuBuchon, president and CEO of PSBC, said in a statement.

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Holiday donations urged to prevent blood shortage

December 17, 2013

The Puget Sound Blood Center has issued an urgent appeal for blood donors to take just one hour between now and Jan. 5 to give blood.

The number of people visiting donation centers and mobile drives goes down by 30 percent or more during the holiday season — with high schools and colleges on break, and people busy with vacations, family gatherings and social events.

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Knights of Columbus hosts blood drive

September 10, 2013

The Knights of Columbus, Council 7907, of St. Joseph Church, will conduct a blood drive in coordination with the Puget Sound Blood Center on Sept. 20.

The drive is from 1-7 p.m. at the church, 220 Mountain Park Boulevard.

Email Ernie Linnemann at to reserve a time or for more information.