Blood Supplies Reach Dangerously Low Levels Coast-to-Coast

Northern and Central California has exhibited remarkable response to past blood shortages

SACRAMENTO, CA – Blood supplies across the country remain at dangerously low levels following a severe decline in blood donations leading up to and following the July 4th holiday. In an effort to rebuild both local and national supplies and be prepared for unexpected events, BloodSource, a Blood Systems blood center, is calling on the community to come forward once again by giving blood this week and throughout the remainder of the summer. 

Northern and Central California has impressively stepped up in the past in response to similar calls to grow the blood inventory, by donating blood in truly significant amounts when compared to the rest of the U.S. 

BloodSource strives to keep a four-day supply of every blood type on the shelf at all times to be able to meet the needs of patients at more than 40 hospitals. Donations from O-negative donors, the universal blood type, are especially important this time of year due to increased accidents and trauma cases. The current O-negative blood supply sits at an approximate two-day supply, which is half of the ideal quantity needed to support patient needs. Additionally, platelet donations, which have a shelf-life of only five days, are in high demand after a slow holiday week. However, donors of all types are needed. 

As part of Blood Systems Blood Services division, BloodSource is included in a multi-state system of blood centers. This network works in tandem, moving lifesaving donations throughout the system to help ensure blood is available when and where it’s needed most. In July alone, the network is facing shortfall of 5,700 donations, with deficits continuing through August. The significant nationwide decline in donations has led to this coordinated call on the public to donate blood. 

“Patients, their families and the more than 1,000 hospitals across our nation that Blood Systems serves depend on us to deliver on our promise to provide a safe and ample blood supply,” said Rob Van Tuyle, president of Blood Systems Blood Services Division. “Don’t take a vacation from blood donation. In about an hour, one donor can save up to three lives by giving blood.”  

Schedule a donation today and save lives tomorrow 

BloodSource urges both existing and first-time donors of all blood types to visit or call 866.822.5663 to schedule an appointment at one of its 15 donor centers throughout Northern and Central California. Walk-ins are welcome at any BloodSource location, including community blood drives.

Individuals who are at least 16 years of age (16 and 17 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood. 

For more information, please visit or call 866.822.5663.

About BloodSource

Since 1948, BloodSource® has saved countless lives through the generosity of its passionate volunteer donor base. Established as a not-for-profit community blood bank, BloodSource® provides blood and medical expertise to hospitals throughout Northern and Central California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Northern Nevada and around the world. Donors can save lives in many ways at BloodSource®, through source plasma, platelets, transfusable plasma or whole blood donation. BloodSource continues to evolve as a leader in blood and transfusion medicine for quality and innovation. Together, we do save lives. 

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