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OneBlood Working To Regain Full Operations Following Hurricane

OneBlood Working To Regain Full Operations Following Hurricane

Urgent Need for Platelet Donations

(Orlando, Florida September 13, 2017)  OneBlood, the local not-for-profit blood center serving Florida and the majority of the Southeast has resumed blood donations in much of its service area and says there is an urgent need for platelet donations and O negative blood.

Hurricane Irma forced the blood center to suspend donations for several days and now there is a critical need to replenish the state’s blood supply. Donors should visit to find donor centers and mobile drives that are open.

In addition to local donations, blood centers around the country have stepped in to help augment OneBlood’s supply and are sending shipments of blood to Florida to help.  OneBlood is grateful for the Florida Highway Patrol, the Emergency Operations Center as well as Air Methods, a medical transport company, for helping ensure timely delivery of the incoming blood shipments and thanks all the donors both locally and nationally for making blood donation a priority.  (View Photos)

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 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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