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Urgent Call for Blood Donations in Chattanooga Region

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Urgent Call for Blood Donations in Chattanooga Region

In the wake of recent severe weather conditions in Chattanooga, the region’s primary blood supplier issued an urgent appeal for donations on May 12, 2024. High winds and storms in the past week not only resulted in noticeable environmental damage but also interrupted the area’s crucial blood donation supply, creating a critical need for donations.

Storms Impact Blood Supply

The recent extreme weather led to the cancellation of numerous blood drives and individual appointments, compounding existing concerns over blood shortages. Blood Assurance, a non-profit regional blood center responsible for serving more than 70 health care facilities across Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, and North Carolina experienced the disruption first-hand.

Beyond delivering care to victims of storms and catastrophic events, a consistent supply of blood also ensures everyday medical procedures continue without interruption. Unfortunately, extreme conditions, like the ones experienced last week, often result in a sudden decrease in the availability of this precious resource.

Urgent Appeal for Donations

In response to the critical shortage, Blood Assurance is urging everyone in the Chattanooga region who is eligible to donate blood. According to Brooke Katz, Media Relations Coordinator for the organization, this appeal extends to communities in Middle and Eastern Tennessee and Northwest Georgia.

The need is particularly acute in trauma wards, where the onset of the warmer season typically sees a rise in patient numbers. Blood Assurance is hence emphasizing the importance of donations from all blood types to help replenish stock levels.

Helping Meet the Demand

Blood donations play a vital role in supporting medical treatments and saving lives, especially during times of emergency. Blood Assurance wants to ensure they can meet the needs of patients and medical facilities throughout the region during this challenging time, and public involvement is essential.

Those who can give blood are thus strongly encouraged to take part in this critical mission of replenishing the region’s blood supply and potentially saving lives. Whether you are a regular donor or have not given blood before, your contribution matters, particularly during these exceptional circumstances.

All donors are rigorously screened for health and safety, following standard guidelines to ensure the process is safe for both donors and recipients. While walk-in donors are welcome, appointments are recommended due to current capacity limitations.

In closing this call for help, the organization wants to reiterate the importance of community support – every donation can make a significant difference to those in need.

For more information or to make an appointment, interested donors can visit the Blood Assurance website or call their main office.

By: HERE News

Source: HERE News Network

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