The need for blood in the area served by Blood Assurance has reached critically low levels.
All blood types are needed.
Blood Assurance has experienced a 16 percent decrease in donations while hospital usage has increased by 25 percent.
Blood Assurance has 13 blood centers and 13 bloodmobiles. To find a blood drive in the area, go to www.BloodAssurance.org/BloodDrives.
Blood Assurance is a non-profit blood center that serves 47 counties, including Lincoln County, in a five-state region, and is the provider of blood and blood components for 70 healthcare facilities.
Over 440 blood donors are needed every day in order to adequately supply the region served by Blood Assurance with lifesaving blood.
To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. The process usually takes about 30 minutes and includes a complimentary snack and t-shirt.
Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids – avoiding caffeine – and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating.
For more information about donating blood, please call Blood Assurance at 1-800-962-0628 or go to www.BloodAssurance.org.