State at critical low blood supply

Statewide – Versiti Blood Center of Indiana is issuing an emergency appeal for blood donations as communities throughout the state face a potential crisis with blood supplies dropping to critically low levels.

In Indiana, the state’s blood supply has dropped to a critically low level, with less than a day’s supply of life-saving blood on shelves to supply Versiti’s more than 90 hospital partners throughout the state. Ideally, Versiti strives for a three-day supply of blood available to its partner hospitals.

Blood donors are needed now to help ensure lifesaving blood is available for Hoosiers who need it. One donation of blood, which takes less than one hour, can help save up to three lives.

O-negative and O-positive blood donors are most needed now. O-negative and O-positive blood is the universal blood type, meaning donations can be transfused to all patients, including trauma victims, cancer patients, and those undergoing surgery.

Indiana residents can make an appointment to donate at a local community blood drive in their area. Times, dates, and locations of upcoming local drives can be found online Interested donors should click the “Schedule to Donate” tab to find the nearest drive to them.