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LifeShare Blood Center reaches critical blood supply level

Posted at 8:49 PM, Jan 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-04 21:49:51-05

SHREVEPORT (PRESS RELEASE) – The blood supply has reached a critically low level as of Friday, January 4, and there’s an immediate need for all blood types.

During the holiday season, blood collections numbers drop significantly and the need for blood often increases. Recent reports reflect the patient use of blood supply has exceeded blood donations, which has resulted in a one day or less supply for nearly all blood types and components.

Blood donors are urged to take 20-30 minutes out of their day and donate blood at a local center or mobile drive.

The center locations are:

  • Alexandria
    2051 North Mall Drive
    Alexandria, LA 71301
    318-445-7439
    800-256-7439
  • Baton Rouge
    3849 North Boulevard
    Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    225-383-7728
    866-543-3296
  • Beaumont
    4305 Laurel Avenue
    Beaumont, TX 77707
    409-838-5289
    800-256-5289
  • Bossier City
    1523 Doctors Drive
    Bossier City, LA 71111
    318-742-4636
    877-256-4115
  • Lake Charles
    214 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive
    Lake Charles, LA 70601
    337-436-4932
    800-256-4932
  • Monroe
    2909 Kilpatrick Boulevard
    Monroe, LA 71201
    318-322-4445
    800-256-4445
  • Shreveport
    8910 Linwood Avenue
    Shreveport, LA 71106
    318-673-1471
    800-256-4483
  • Texarkana
    1321 College Drive
    Texarkana, TX 75503
    903-794-3173
    800-264-5456

Mobile drives can be found here.

Patients undergoing cancer treatment are the largest users of donated blood, in which case, blood is vital to sustain the patient’s life. Others may need a blood transfusion as a result of a blood disorder, surgery, sickle cell anemia, complications during childbirth, or a trauma accident.

Blood donations are provided to those in need. Approximately one in seven people entering a hospital require a blood transfusion. When people make regular blood donations, it ensures the blood supply is kept at a safe level, and the blood bank is able to supply local
hospitals with the needed blood components. “There is no substitute for blood. That’s why we urge the public to donate before levels are critical.” says Tenille T. Terry, spokesperson for LifeShare Blood centers.