BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Blood centers throughout the U.S. are experiencing a significant drop in blood donations, according to hospital officials.
“We need people to start turning out in force to give blood,” said Peter Marks, MD, PhD, director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (the agency that regulates all U.S. blood centers). “We need it not to get to the point that surgeries are having to get canceled.”
Healthy people can make a blood donation appointment at Vitalant by calling 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825) or going online to vitalant.org.
Schedule a donation at TheBloodCenter.org and use the FastLane online health screening.
Organizers of the blood drive say 80% of their donors give on mobiles units and the closure of schools, churches and other business closures are limiting their ability to hold blood drives.
Officials say cancellations of blood drives have resulted in a loss of 3,500 units of blood.
People can also donate blood at OLOL facilities. The below information is effective March 30. Call 225-765-8843 to schedule an appointment.
Blood Donor Center Hours
- Our Lady of the Lake Ascension - Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Our Lady of the Lake Blood Donation Center (bus out front the hospital) - Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mobile blood drives are also scheduled throughout the area.
LANE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
- Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You should not give blood if you are feeling sick, according to health officials.
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