Local blood supplies are critically low

Low blood supplies are low due to multiple recent traumas. Several area mobile blood drives are planned. {File Photo}

Multiple traumas in southern, middle Tennessee over the past several days have nearly exhausted local blood supplies and local blood banks are asking for donations … especially from O-positive, A-positive, A-negative, O-negative, and platelets donors.

“Multiple traumas used over 100 blood products a few nights ago and have exacerbated the already struggling blood supply,” Blood Assurance officials stated.

Regionally, local blood banks plan several area blood drives:

SUNDAY – Mobile blood drive at First United Methodist Church located at 100 South Jefferson Street in Winchester from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

THURSDAY – Mobile drive at Walmart located 1224 Huntsville Highway in Fayetteville from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

THURSDAY – Mobile drive at Advantage Realty Partners located 861 McArthur Street in Manchester from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition, the Blood Assurance Donor Center is located at 604 North Jackson Street and they schedule donation Monday through Friday and each third Saturday (September 19) and third Sunday (September 20) of the month. For more information visit their website or call them at 931-461-5773.•

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State blood supplies now critically low

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Over 200 state blood drives and nearly 8,000 scheduled donations have been cancelled in this month due to the COVID-19 health scare. Supplies are now critically low in Tennessee. {File Photo}

STATE NEWS — The American Red Cross reports that the COVID-19 pandemic is leading to another trickle-down, healthcare crisis … low blood supplies. According to the Red Cross, groups cancelled over 200 blood drives and nearly 8,000 scheduled donation in the past month leading to dangerously low local blood supplies.

Unlike toilet paper, blood can’t be stockpiled. Donations usually expire after 42 days. Without current donations, area blood banks might not have the supplies they need for trauma and cancer patients. The fact that many typical blood drive hosts – college campuses, schools, and churches – have closed is also affecting Tennessee’s blood supply.

Red Cross officials are quick to remind citizens willing to make a blood donations that the activity is considered essential under most Safer at Home orders. According to the FDA, blood and blood components are not known COVID-19 transmitters and there have been no known cases of transfusion-transmitted COVID-19 illness.

There is a Tullahoma Community Red Cross Blood Drive at 2211 North Jackson Street today from 12 to 5 p.m. and second at Traders Bank on Tuesday, April 14 from 2-6 p.m. Blood Assurance will also host a drive at Trinity Episcopal Church in Winchester on April 3 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Click here to find more Red Cross Blood Drives and click here for Blood Assurance details. •

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State, national blood supplies at low levels

STATE NEWS — Each day patients across the U.S. need blood every two seconds. Much of a patients successful recovery depends on the steady supply of blood from healthy donors … and right now those supplies are low.

Blood supplies across Tennessee, and much of the U.S., are at dangerously low levels due to recent severe weather and the holidays. Currently the blood supply level in Tennessee is one to two days – meaning that area centers have enough blood supply to meet normal operating demands for one to two days.

Severe weather throughout the south during the month of December and the holidays caused the shortage. Many blood drives were canceled due to the weather and the holidays always present a lull because regular donor are busy.

There will be several area blood drives in the next two weeks including: Blood Assurance mobile drives at the First Christian Church located at 120 West Grundy Street in Tullahoma on January 9 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and at World Finance at 2280 Thornton Taylor Parkway in Fayetteville on January 16 from 12-4:30 p.m. Click here for more details.

There will also be an American Red Cross mobile drive at Wal-Mart in Tullahoma on January 7 from 2-6 p.m. and at the First Christian Church Annex located at 201 NW Atlantic Street in Tullahoma on January 14 from 2:15 to 6:15 p.m Click here for more details.

Of course, individuals may always donate at the Blood Assurance offices located at 604 North Jackson Street. They are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every third Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

For more information about donating blood locally visit the Blood Assurance website or the American Red Cross website. •

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