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Blood supply in Baton Rouge still critically low after July 4 holiday


United Blood Services issued an emergency appeal for all blood types after reserves of blood were severely depleted after the July 4 holiday.

They say it will take time to replenish the blood supply and return levels to a more comfortable reserve. Donors of all blood types are urged to give blood now. To schedule a donation, visit or call 877-UBS-HERO (877-827-4376).

“Unfortunately, we remain in a dire blood shortage situation. With blood inventory levels dipping dangerously low, it will take time to recover and return to a more favorable blood inventory level. If you are eligible to donate, please give now,” said Mitzi Breaux, marketing and communications manager for United Blood Services.

Those with Rh negative blood types are asked to contact United Blood Services about doubling their donation impact by donating Double Red Cells.

It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to donate, however, walk-ins are also welcome. Donations can be made at the Baton Rouge Donor Center at 8234 One Calais, the service road at I-10 and Essen Ln.

Donors can visit the day of their donation to fill out the “Health History Questionnaire” ahead of time. Donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health. A photo ID is also required to donate.

For more information, call 877-UBS-HERO (877-827-4376).

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