Blood center blames flu for low donation volume

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- When someone’s blood count is low it’s usually bad news for the patient.

In the case of Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, it’s bad news for many more people.

Community Blood Center is the official blood provider for Moses Cone Health. They are expected to collect about 400 blood products every day through donations.

Right now, the organization is falling short of that goal.

“O negative is our biggest need right now,” said Robin Sparrow, regional manager for Community Blood. “O negative red cells can go to any patient.”

Five hospitals in the Piedmont Triad rely on the blood that comes through CBCC.

“Annie Penn, Alamance Regional, Moses Cone, Wesley Long and Women’s so we need donors so we can fill these chairs and provide the blood,” said Sparrow. “Our focus is a community base and we return it to the community at the lowest cost and highest quality.”

The center blames the high number of flu cases since December for several cancellations from regular donors and fewer donations.

“What we're seeing is that we may not have the blood to provide the hospitals to meet the hospital needs,” said Sparrow.

Sparrow isn’t terribly worried though. She thinks this public push for more donations will help fill the need before the situation becomes dire.

“The public is going to respond we know that people are going to recognize the need and come in and donate,” said Sparrow.

A blood drive going on right now could help. The Pints for Pounds runs through February. Community Blood donates seven pounds of food for every pint donated to Second Harvest Food Bank through the blood drive.

CBCC is located at 616 Pasteur Drive near Wesley Long Hospital. It is open six days a week. You can schedule an appointment by calling (336) 938-0269.

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