Puget Sound Blood Center has emergency need for donations

January 25, 2014

By Staff

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NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 25, 2014

Puget Sound Blood Center released an emergency request for blood donations at its centers this weekend and into next week.

A multi-state network outage is being cited as the cause.

“The network outage caused the loss of both telephone and computer connectivity for most PSBC locations, resulting in cancellation of scheduled blood drives and suspension of collections at all donor centers,” said Dr. James AuBuchon, president and CEO of PSBC in a statement. “This triggered an emergency shortage of blood locally. PSBC needs to collect about 900 units each day to maintain essential inventories of blood components.”

The network outage meant blood donation centers could not process donations properly, so they shut down, bloodmobiles had similar problems, again reducing the number of donations collected.

The region needs 900 blood donations per day to keep a sufficient supply.

While the blood center has contacted other areas to help fill the gap, they note that severe weather in other parts of the country is hampering efforts.

”We’re urgently asking people to schedule time this weekend or early next week to donate blood,” AuBuchon said. “That will get us through this unforeseeable shortage.”

The closest donation center is at 1021 112th Ave. N.E. in Bellevue.

Centers may be open for additional hours during the weekend: Visit www.psbc.org. Appointments can be made online at schedule.psbc.org or 1-800-398-7888.

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