Critical area blood shortage announced

Your blood is desperately needed.

“A variety of factors have contributed to this sudden, critical blood shortage. Much heavier than expected blood usage, fewer donors due to the holiday, more donors with the flu, and now the weather have all conspired to create the first blood shortage for the Community Blood Bank in over a year and it’s a big one,” stated Dan Desrochers, director of marketing at the Community Blood Bank.

Based on what the hospitals are asking for and for the projected numbers of donors at upcoming drives, the blood supply will continue to fall for the rest of the week.

Donors are urgently needed to come and give blood as soon as they can to help save lives.

The Community Blood Bank of Western New York is holding a blood drive at Westfield Memorial Hospital on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and at Lake Shore TLC in Irving on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

No appointment is needed, and everyone is encouraged to come and save a life.

“It’s everything all at once,” Desrochers said. “We just aren’t able to get enough donors to meet the local need.”

The Community Blood Bank of Western New York is licensed by the FDA and holds permits from the New York Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Health and has been saving lives since 1966. It is accredited by the AABB and CLIA and is a member of America’s Blood Centers.

The Community Blood Bank is the primary source for blood for all hospitals in Chautauqua County.