Blood Assurance Facing Shortage Of Blood

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Blood Assurance, the regional non-profit blood center, is facing a shortage of blood, especially type O negative, A positive and O positive blood types.  Blood Assurance is the sole provider of blood for more than 70 hospitals and healthcare facilities.  Blood inventory levels are nearing critically low stages.

Current levels of O negative donations are below a one-day supply.  O negative blood is known as the universal blood type because it can be given to patients in an emergency situation when their own blood type is unknown.

 Only about 6.6% of the donor population has this blood type.

A list of blood drives is available at www.bloodassurance.org/blooddrives.  Donors can also visit one of Blood Assurance’s 12 donor centers.  “We are making this appeal to the public now to try and get the blood supply back up before the weekend hits,” said Linda Hisey ,executive Director of public relations and development for Blood Assurance.  According to Dr. Liz Culler, Blood Assurance’s medical director, “In times of O negative shortage, O positive can be used to treat males and women over the age of 55 (non-child bearing years); however, it is not our first choice of treatment.” 

Due to this, Blood Assurance will see a decrease in the inventory of O positive blood as well.  All O negative donors, O positive donors and A positive donors are asked to come and donate today and definitely before the weekend.

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent form) and weigh 110 pounds or more.  The process usually takes about 30 minutes and includes a complimentary snack and t-shirt.  Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids - avoiding caffeine - and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating.

For more information about Blood Assurance, please visit www.bloodassurance.org or call 1-800-962-0628. Information can also be found at the organization’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bloodassurance.






Morning Pointe Brings Wildlife To Seniors

Residents at The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer's Center of Excellence, Collegedale attended an educational presentation at the Collegedale Library sponsored by Planet Health. Guest speaker Bob Tarter, wildlife education biologist with the Natural History Education Company of the Midsouth, gave a presentation about the world's endangered species, bringing with him animals ... (click for more)

Morning Pointe Hosts BBQ Luncheon In For First Responders in Memory of 9/11

The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer's Center of Excellence, Collegedale invites first responders to a barbecue luncheon in remembrance of 9/11 Friday, on Sept. 2, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., located at 9300 Messinger Lane in Collegedale. Pulled pork and chicken sandwiches with all the fixings will be served courtesy of the dining services department at The Lantern at Collegedale.  ... (click for more)

Maryville Police Department's Kenny Moats Slain

Officer Kenny Moats of the Maryville Police Department was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call on Thursday.  Officer Moats was with the department for over nine years and was currently serving as a drug enforcement agent. Assistant Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security David Purkey said, "It is with heavy heart that I express my condolences ... (click for more)

Auto Burglary Thwarted In Bradley County

A man has been arrested in Bradley County, after attempting to steal a vehicle. On Thursday, Deputy Jessica Morgan observed a silver truck in a church parking lot on South Lee Highway. While checking the premises, Dep. Morgan observed a male wearing a black tank top and red shorts exiting the rear window of the cab into the bed of the truck. Once the suspect noticed Dep. Morgan, ... (click for more)

Pedestrians Have The Right Of Way - And Response (2)

Often I visit Gold's Gym at Chestnut and 4th Street. I  park in the theater parking lot at Broad and 4th Street.  I depend on the walk signs to get me there safely.  Most days I almost get hit by someone turning left or right coming from the exit ramp off 27 or turning right on 4th street from Chestnut. This happened yesterday as I was almost mowed down by a garbage ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Gold & Ivory Tablecloth

Not long ago, in my morning reading, I happened across an obscure tale about a special tablecloth. And, as things like this are more and more wont to do, I was instantly blessed by this story. As I tracked down its origin, I learned it originally appeared in a 1954 edition of Reader’s Digest. Written by the Rev. Howard C. Schade, who at the time was the pastor of the First Reformed ... (click for more)