Lifestream Blood Bank is ending 2021 the same way it started the year…in critical need of blood.
LifeStream Blood Bank provides blood products and services to more than 80 Southern California hospitals.
But it needs blood donors to do that. And right now, it does not have nearly as many blood donors as it needs.
So, the blood bank is urging residents to donate blood.
Lifestream CEO and Medical Director Dr Rick Axelrod says the blood bank has less than a one-day supply of blood available, and is out of Type O blood at several hospitals.
The blood shortage is a a national problem, so Lifestream cannot get blood from other blood centers.
Elective surgeries are being put on hold due to blood shortages.
Blood donors may donate regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.
Face masks are required for all blood donors and blood center staffers.
To make an appointment, call 1-800-879-4484 or visit LStream.org.
A “Donate Blood” poster shows two heart shaped drawings with a tube connecting them.
One heart is donating the blood, while the other is receiving blood.
Photo by Alpha Media USA Portland OR