Last week’s snowstorm and the flu season hitting its peak have created a critical need for blood.
The BloodCenter of Wisconsin reported Monday it has less than a one-day supply of Type O-negative blood and less than a two-day supply of most other blood types.
The center prefers to have three-day supplies on hand in order to be prepared for a trauma situation, said Fay Spano, public relations director for the BloodCenter.
“Typically we talk about needing O-negative, but right now we’re in a situation where, across the board, all blood types are needed,” Spano said.
“The flu season has had a big impact on our donors, and then we had a major snowstorm last week. Even one day where it's so impactful and donors have to cancel their appointments can have a very big impact.”
The BloodCenter is the exclusive supplier of blood to 56 hospitals in Wisconsin, so it is critical that its supply levels are sufficient, Spano said.
“Our hope is to see 700 to 800 donors every single day,” she said. “When one day is pulled out, it starts to really have an impact.”
In a trauma situation, Spano said there may be a need for as much as 30 units of blood.
“That can have a huge impact on hospitals,” she said. “Then the hospital would call us to replenish that. We want to make sure we have that.”
Spano is encouraging donors to make an appointment as soon as possible to give blood. Anyone who is at least 17 years old and in good health can give blood.
“We do go through a mini health screening process when the individual is here for blood pressure and to check iron levels,” she said.
To schedule an appointment, call 1-877-BE-A-HERO. The BloodCenter has a donor center at 8064 39th Ave.
Upcoming local blood drives:
n 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at CrossFit, 4611 Green Bay Road.n 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 28 at Gateway Technical College, 3520 30th Ave.