Blood Shortage

Penrose-St. Francis Hospital is looking for blood donors.

They say blood supplies, particularly for types "O" and "A" positive, are running very low, less than half their normal levels. And it's not just that hospital.

Blood banks nationwide typically see a shortage this time of year as donors are out of town or too busy to make a stop.

About 3 quarters of the population have type "O" or "A" positive blood.

Penrose says they need 200 donors a week to maintain their inventory and welcome any types of donations. Extended Web Coverage

10 Reasons to Donate Blood

  • Blood transfusions save lives.

  • There is no substitute for human blood.

  • Every three seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion.

  • About 60 percent of the population are eligible to donate blood, yet less than five percent do.

  • A pint of blood, separated in to components, can help up to three people.

  • You will make your community a safer place.

  • Fulfills your desire to "give back" to the community.

  • You will receive a mini physical (blood pressure, temperature, iron level).

  • You will learn your blood type.

  • It is safe, simple and it saves lives.

Who Can Donate Blood?

  • Anyone who is in good health,

  • At least 17 years old (persons 16 may donate with a Blood Program consent form signed by a legal guardian),

  • Weighs at least 110 pounds

Source: (Blood Centers of the Pacific Web Site)

If you would like to donate blood or help with the donation process, visit your local American Red Cross