Blood Bank of Delmarva declares blood emergency
On Monday, the Blood Bank of Delmarva has declared a blood emergency which means they need blood from people in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia in order to replenish the supply. Officials say it takes at least 350 donors per day to supply the 19 local hospitals throughout the Delmarva Peninsula with the blood they need for patients. And in order to maintain a safe blood supply, a seven-day inventory of all blood types must be continually replenished. But right now, reserves are below that minimum.
"We only put these pleas out when we really need people to come in and help. It's been a combination of things this past week, not as many people coming in to donate, and we've had some very severe traumas which have taken an awful lot of blood," said blood drive coordinator Suzzanne Murray.
If you're interested in donating you can schedule an appointment or simply walk-in to the nearest Blood Bank of Delmarva near you. And If you're between the age of 17 and 79, weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in good health you're eligible to give blood every 56 days.