LifeSouth says local hospitals not receiving enough blood

Low blood supply

UF Health, North Florida Regional, and the VA, are the three major hospitals in Gainesville that rely on LifeSouth for blood donations.

These donations are used in life saving transfusions, surgeries, and chemotherapy treatments.

LifeSouth representative Laura Bialeck said they typically need one hundred donors a day to satisfy the needs of the local hospitals, yet they are currently only getting about 70 donors a day.

"Summer time is always a very challenging time for us to have enough donors to supply our local hospitals," said Bialeck. "That is because enrollment at the University of Florida and Santa Fe college dips tremendously. So what it does is it starts to create blood shortages."

LifeSouth relies on routine donors like Tod Dunn, who has been going to LifeSouth for over thirty years, and said he is on his 178th donation.

"It's a good feeling," said Dunn. "With all the bad stuff going on in the world, whenever you could actually help, it's a plus."

LifeSouth is hoping to encourage others to get into a donation routine like Dunn, and said it's the best way to keep their shelves stocked.

It takes about thirty minutes to donate whole blood, and it can be done every eight weeks. It takes about an hour and a half to donate platelets, and that can be done every two weeks.

LifeSouth would like to remind donors that one donation could save the lives of up to three people.

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