Lafayette

Feb 6, 2013 1:09 PM by Melissa Canone

United Blood Services Announces Emergency Need for All Blood Types

LAFAYETTE - United Blood Services today is announcing an emergency need for all blood types. UBS is asking the community to respond as quickly as possible. Since the beginning of 2013, they have experienced blood shortages due to the elevated patient usage in local hospitals. "An accident victim, a trauma patient, a mother giving birth- all of these are real life situations taking place in our community that require the need for lifesaving blood. A family somewhere is hoping that you will put yourself in their shoes and give blood for their loved one," said Jason Conner, Donor Recruitment Supervisor. "There is no substitute for blood. Only healthy human beings will do."

Here's how you can help:

Schedule your blood donation online immediately by going to our website, www.bloodhero.com
Donate blood at United Blood Services: 1503 Bertrand Drive in Lafayette
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 8am-5:30pm
Wednesday: 8am-6pm Friday: 8am-4:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8am-2pm
Go online to find a mobile unit in your area
Facebook a friend and spread the word that ALL blood types are needed today
Bring a buddy with you to give the gift of life
For more information about qualifying to donate blood, call
337-235- LIFE (5433)

Volunteer donors must be at least 16 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Sixteen year olds must have a signed United Blood Services parental permission form to donate. All donors 16-22 years of age must meet certain height and weight requirements. Please bring picture id and a list of any medications you are currently taking.

United Blood Services has been this area's non-profit community blood provider since 1953, and serves patients in 50 hospitals in 32 surrounding parishes. The United Blood Services network is one of the nation's oldest and largest non-profit blood service organizations, and is a founding member of America's Blood Centers and the American Association of Blood Banks.

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