The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is continuing its appeal for all type O blood donors to give immediately.
The CBCO is reporting that current reserves of type O-Positive and O-Negative are at critical levels.
While the CBCO’s goal is to maintain at least a three-day supply of blood to be ready for any emergency, less than a one-day reserve is on hand.
Below is more information from the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.
For Immediate Release—
Urgent appeal for type O blood donors continues
Blood reserves still at very low levels – Donations needed immediately
October 9, 2019– Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO), the exclusive provider of blood products to over forty area hospitals, is continuing its appeal for all type O blood donors to give immediately, as an urgent appeal for blood enters its second week.
Current reserves of type O-Positive and O-Negative are at critical levels. Less than a one-day reserve is on hand. CBCO strives to maintain at least a three-day supply of blood to be ready for any emergency.
“Some of our donors have responded to last week’s critical appeal, but a larger response is needed,” CBCO Media Relations Representative Chris Pilgrim said. “This is only the second critical appeal we’ve issued this year, and we don’t take these measures unless a real shortage exists. We’re trying to build back up our reserves of O-Positive and O-Negative, and we need to significantly increase the donor response to this appeal. Please come in and give. Tell others about our needs. Be an advocate for local hospital patients.”
There are four CBCO Donor Centers in the Ozarks, along with mobile blood drives that take place in various towns within the CBCO service area. CBCO Donor Centers include:
Springfield – 220 W. Plainview Rd. Open Monday thru Friday 8 am to 6 pm. Open Saturday 7 am to 1 pm. Open Sunday 9 am to 3 pm.
Joplin – North Park Mall – 101 N. Rangeline Rd. Open Monday thru Friday 11 am to 6 pm.
Bentonville – 1400 SE Walton Blvd. Open Monday thru Thursday 11 am to 6 pm. Open Friday 8 am to 2 pm.
Springdale – 3503 S. Thompson Rd. Open Monday – Thursday 11 am to 6 pm. Open Friday 8 am to 2 pm.
Donors may also go online to www.cbco.org