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Critical blood donation shortage announced in Arizona

KPHO Phoenix logo KPHO Phoenix 6/16/2021
a person standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: The number of blood drives have dropped due to COVID-19. © (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

The number of blood drives have dropped due to COVID-19.

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Vitalant, a nonprofit organization that supplies and donates blood to 62 hospitals in Arizona, announced a critical blood shortage Monday. The organization is urging eligible donors to make an appointment at one of their seven Valley locations or daily blood drives.

The company said that they were 4,000 donations short in May. Type-O blood is especially in need, Vitalant said. Type-O is often used in trauma situations, especially Type-O negative, because it can be transfused with any blood type. According to the nonprofit, most blood types have less than a four-day supply at their centers.

COVID-19 brought many challenges for blood donation organizations like Vitalant, such as the cancellation of community blood drives. Still, the need for blood never slowed down.

“Blood and platelet donations are needed now and throughout the summer to prevent delays in lifesaving patient care," said Ralph Vassallo, the organization's chief medical and scientific officer.

Vitalant says new donors can schedule an appointment to donate at donor.vitalant.org or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825). First-time donors can also get a glimpse of their blood type when they donate with the Vitalant lab. Donors can also visit Vitalant donation locations or visit www.BloodHero.com:

Blood Drives: Daily Valley Locations

Chandler Donor Center: 1989 W. Elliot Rd., #33 (Elliot & Dobson)Glendale Donor Center: 18583 N. 59th Ave., #113 (59th Ave. & Union Hills)Goodyear Donor Center: 14270 W. Indian School Rd., #C-8 (Indian School & Litchfield)Mesa Donor Center: 1337 S. Gilbert Rd., #101 (Gilbert & Hampton)Phoenix Donor Center: 5757 N. Black Canyon Hwy. (Bethany Home Rd. & I-17)Scottsdale Donor Center: 15170 N. Hayden Rd., #6 (Hayden & 83rd Pl.)Tempe Donor Center: 1524 W. 14th St., #120 (14th St. & Priest)

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