Stanford Blood Center officials say the center is in urgent need of blood donations, especially from O-negative donors, to meet the needs of local hospitals.
A statement from the blood center says blood donations decreased over the holidays while local hospitals' blood usage for surgeries rose. There is a critical need for O-negative whole blood, as well as platelets.
"We’ve appealed to our current donor base, and now we’re reaching out to the public for their help," said Stanford Blood Center spokesperson Loren Magana. "If it’s been a while since your last donation, or even if you've never donated before, please consider coming in to one of our centers or visiting a mobile blood drive."
The blood center asks that donors be in good health with no cold or flu symptoms. They must eat well prior to donation, drink fluids and present a photo ID at the time of donation. The donation process should take about an hour.
Sbcdonor.org has more information. Schedule an appointment at the website or by calling 888-723-7831 for same-day appointments.
Stanford Blood Center provides blood products to four local hospitals.