Community Blood Supply Critically Low, Area Hospitals Suffering

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UPDATE 1/13/23: LifeStream Blood Bank unable to fulfill 90% of hospital blood orders:
The community must rebuild the blood supply now


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LifeStream Blood Bank, the community’s blood supplier, cannot meet the needs of area hospitals. Approximately 90% of hospital Type O orders are going unfulfilled.

As of today, seven area hospitals have zero or low Type O inventory on their shelves, and LifeStream does not have the supply to meet patient needs. Hospitals requested over 1,000 pints of Type O blood products needed for transfusion-dependent patients, childbirths, surgeries, trauma preparedness and other procedures. LifeStream only has 53 pints of Type O available for its entire service area of 80 hospitals. 

“Hospitals are being put on notice to implement blood conservation efforts and prioritize patients’ blood needs based on the available supply,” said Dr. Rick Axelrod, LifeStream’s president/CEO & medical director. “All eligible donors who are feeling healthy and well are immediately requested to give blood over the next few days. The community must rebuild the blood supply to keep hospitals prepared to meet patient needs.”

O negative blood is regularly used for babies in neonatal intensive care units at local hospitals. O negative blood is always urgently needed because it is the universal blood type, which can be given to any patient. O positive blood is the most common blood type and also always urgently needed.



Anyone who is feeling healthy and well, and meets FDA blood donor eligibility guidelines is requested to give blood today. Walk-ins welcomed, appointments available. Please share this message with your family, friends and neighbors. 


To make an appointment visit: LifeStream – Donor Portal (lstream.org)

Below are mobile drives running through Jan. 15. See table below.