OneBlood to Resume Operations, Urgent Need for Platelet and O Negative Donors

OneBlood to Resume Operations, Urgent Need for Platelet and O Negative Donors

(Orlando, Florida September 11, 2017)  OneBlood will resume blood collections effective Tuesday, September 12th. All blood types are needed, however there is an urgent need for platelet donors and people with O negative blood.

Hurricane Irma forced OneBlood to suspend operations for three days and as a result there is an urgent need to replenish the areas blood supply. Please click here for the most current donor center hours and blood drive locations.

As a proactive measure OneBlood, in coordination with America’s Blood Centers and Blood Centers of America, is also actively arranging for shipments of blood to be brought in to Florida by blood centers from around the country. OneBlood is urging people living outside of Irma’s path to visit their local blood center and donate blood as soon as possible. 

The need for blood does not stop for a hurricane, it only becomes more intensified. Other blood centers can only assist OneBlood if they have extra blood available to send to Florida. This is why a ready blood supply across the nation is imperative.


Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit oneblood.org. All donors receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening, plus a surprise gift.

One of three people will need blood in their lifetime. Blood that is donated today will likely be transfused within two to three days. The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant.

 

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