Mid-South's Critical Shortage of Blood Supplies Worsens

MEMPHIS, TN - The Memphis and Mid-South community continues to experience extreme shortages in the supply of two important blood types, O-negative and B-positive, and supply issues are affecting elective surgeries and treatment of chronic diseases.

Many Mid-South hospitals have patient needs for type O and type B red cells that exceed local collections, due in part to local demographics and also the types of treatments local hospitals provide, according to Lifeblood of Memphis.  Lifeblood compensates for local shortages by importing blood from other community blood centers throughout the country that have excess supplies.

The U.S. Dept. of Human Services recommends a community maintain a seven-day supply of blood to be able to respond to a disaster or major trauma in the area.