Blood Bank of Delmarva is in immediate need of Type O Negative blood and Type AB platelet donors. As the result of a tragic tour bus crash on Sunday, the blood and platelet supply of local hospitals has been significantly impacted as numerous victims of this crash are being treated at various hospitals.
“Because it is universal, the O Negative blood type is always in high demand in our local hospitals. It can be safely transfused to any patient in a trauma or emergency situation,” said Michael Waite, Blood Bank of Delmarva Director of Marketing and Community Relations. “In addition, platelets are always needed due to their short shelf life. Due to this horrific accident, demand on our supplies to treat these patients is very high, which is why we are appealing to dedicated donors in the community, as well as to new donors, who may be able to help us. We urge anyone who can to schedule an appointment. Walk-in donors are also encouraged and will be accommodated. While O Negative blood and AB platelets are our most immediate need, all types are welcome and will help us replenish our local supplies.”
Blood Bank of Delmarva has four fixed locations—Wilmington, Newark, Dover, DE and Salisbury, MD—as well as more than 30 regularly scheduled mobile locations. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome at the centers. The nonprofit organization needs 350 donors a day to meet the needs of the hospitals in the Delmarva region and ensure that more than 20,000 patients a year receive needed blood transfusions.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.DelmarvaBlood.org, call 1 888 8-BLOOD-8 or download the free app on your iPhone or Android.
About Blood Bank of Delmarva
Blood Bank of Delmarva is a non-profit community service organization that provides blood and blood products to hospitals in the Delmarva region. More than 83,000 blood donations were needed last year in this area for about 20,000 patients. Blood Bank of Delmarva is a member of America’s Blood Centers.
For more information about the Blood Bank or to schedule an appointment, visit www.DelmarvaBlood.org or call 1 888 8-BLOOD-8.