Georgia Hospitals Need Blood

August 7, 2007

Our local Red Cross and hospitals across Georgia, and Alabama are in critical need of blood.

Officials say only a fourth of all demands for demands for blood are being met in Georgia.

A nationwide blood shortage is making it very difficult to find blood to bring here from other states, say Red Cross officials, so local hospitals are dependent on local donations.  All blood types are needed, but the greatest shortage is for type O- and type O+ blood which are used extensively in hospital emergency rooms.

Type O blood, which is compatible with every blood type, must always be on hand because it can be safely transfused right away to trauma patients that are in danger of bleeding to death.

During summer, blood shortages are common because donations decrease as do the number of organizations that will sponsor blood drives.  The biggest loss for blood banks, though, is the absence of high school and college blood drives during summer break because 20 percent of donations come from students when school is in session.

For more information call 1-800-GIVE- LIFE or visit to make appointments to give blood.

If you live near Columbus and would like to donate, the Red Cross Donor Center on Veterans Parkway at 7490 Veterans Parkway is open Monday through Thursday from

10 AM until 6 PM.

And on Friday and Saturday from

8 AM to 2 PM.

Blood donors must be 17 or older and weigh 110 pounds or more.  Most people can donate blood every 56 days.  Platelets can usually be donated every two to three weeks, up to 24 times a year.