Community Blood Center of the Ozarks

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The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is calling on the public, especially people with O Negative blood, to donate.

According to the CBCO, high usage rates at area hospitals, along with a less than normal donor turnout at recent drives have reduced reserve levels.

“A strong donor response is called for in the coming days to help ensure that area patient blood needs continue to be met,” a CBCO press release stated.

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A Code Red emergency appeal for blood has been issued by the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.  CBCO spokesman Chris Pilgrim says local blood needs are at their highest level since 2015.

The appeal came as many schools were closed Monday due to the ice that coated the Ozarks over the weekend.  Blood drives that had been scheduled Monday at Kickapoo and Republic High Schools were supposed to help rebuild the already critically low blood supply, according to Pilgrim.

Helping to save someone’s life is as easy as donating blood.

You will have the opportunity to do this Jan. 23-25, 2018, when Missouri State University hosts a blood drive on campus in honor of National Blood Donor Month.

The event is jointly organized by Missouri State’s Gamma Sigma Sigma and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.

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This week the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks put out a call for O negative blood donors.  A  Code Red Emergency Appeal was issued after donations dropped during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

At one point, only around 12 units of O negative were in reserve at the CBCO.  O negative is a universal blood type, meaning anyone can receive it.  But those with O negative blood can only receive that blood type.

Pilgrim said reserves have come up since the appeal was issued.

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks needs help replenishing its blood supplies after sending 100 units to hurricane ravaged areas of Florida. 

According to the CBCO, separate shipments were sent to Lee Memorial Hospital in Ft. Myers, Florida and OneBlood, the independent supplier of blood to many hospitals in Florida.  CBCO spokesman Chris Pilgrim says blood donations have just resumed in the areas hit by Hurricane Irma, but acute shortages exist while people put their lives back together after the disaster.