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Blood supply dips to critical level

January 18, 2015
Reinbeck Courier

Recent weather conditions have limited blood collections and reduced blood inventory

LifeServe Blood Center, the sole supplier of blood products to more than 100 hospitals in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, urgently needs donors to give blood to increase the blood supply. Recent winter weather has caused the blood supply to dip to a critically low level. In fact, nearly 200 units of blood were lost due to cancellations, closings and delayed collection efforts. Currently, there is less than a one day supply of most blood types on the shelf.

"We normally have a 3-5 day blood supply on our shelves," said Stacy Sime, Chief Executive Officer for LifeServe Blood Center. "We need to immediately increase our blood supply and we are calling upon the community for help," said Sime. The recent winter storm following the holidays impacted blood collection efforts across our tri-state area, however, the demand for blood continues at a steady pace.

Donors are urged to schedule an appointment or walk-in to donate. Schedule you appointment at an upcoming blood drive. For more information, visit or call 800.287.4903.

Dike Community Blood Drive, Monday, January 26, 2015 from 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM at Dike Community Building, 540 Main Street.



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