Blood Shortage in Acadiana

Blood banks in Acadiana are worried they won't don't have enough supply to make it through the Memorial Day weekend.

Our Lady of Lourdes is reporting they are operating at 30% of what their normal supply is typically.

United Blood Services says they usually have 120 pints of O-positive, but as of Monday morning they had just 12.

For O-negative they need 37 and they have 15 and for A-positive they usually have 105 pints and they have 31.

With the holiday weekend right around the corner Acadiana blood banks are worried.

The shelf life of these products is 42 days, that's how long it can be preserved outside the human body. But one blood bank in Acadiana tells us it's leaving their shelves within 72 hours.)

United Blood Services says that just one person who donates a pint of blood can save up to three lives.

If your 17 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds, now is the time to donate.

You can donate blood in Acadiana at these locations:

  • Our Lady of Lourdes
  • M-Th 9-5:30 & F 8-4:30
  • United Blood Services
  • M,T,Th 8-5:30 W 8-6:30 F 8-4:30 & Sat. 8-12

Be sure to stop in during these times

Grace White

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