Nashville, TN – Middle Tennessee’s blood supply is in dire need of replenishment, according to Blood Assurance.
On Wednesday, the nonprofit had just 19 units of the universal blood type, O-negative, on its shelves. Blood Assurance likes to have at least 180 units of O-negative available every day to send to local hospitals. Additionally, the organization reported low inventory numbers related to O-positive, A-positive, and A-negative blood types.
The summer months often prove to be most difficult for Blood Assurance and other blood banks across the nation.
Swafford also believes that the recent rise in COVID-19 cases is contributing to the lack of donations.
“The turnout at many of our mobile blood drives, whether at a business or congregation, has been less than stellar,” he said. “Based on our conversations with staff, we know a lot of people are at home battling the illness.”
To combat the low supply, Blood Assurance is offering all individuals who donate through July 15th their choice of a $20.00 Amazon or Mastercard gift card. More summer incentives will be announced on the Blood Assurance website, www.bloodassurance.org, in the days and weeks to come.
Donors can visit www.bloodassurance.org/schedule, call 800.962.0628, or text BAGIVE to 999777, to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins will be accepted.
To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids — avoiding caffeine — and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating.
About Blood Assurance
Blood Assurance is a nonprofit, full-service regional blood center serving more than 70 health care