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February 6, 2017 Surprise snowstorm dents local blood supply, donations urged
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information from Bloodworks Northwest

The unexpected snowstorm that closed all schools and many businesses on Monday also put a major dent in the local blood supply, according to Bloodworks Northwest (formerly Puget Sound Blood Center). Donors are urged to make an appointment this week to make up for the sudden shortfall.

“Even though our donor centers were able to open as usual, snow and icy roads on Monday caused the cancellation of hundreds of appointments and prevented 10 mobile drives when severe winter weather stranded people at home,” said Dr. James P. AuBuchon, president and chief executive officer. “We’re urging folks to make an appointment this week to help get our inventories back to normal levels.”

An estimated 500-600 collections were lost on Monday as a result of the snowstorm. On average, it takes about 800 donors per day to maintain a healthy supply for local patients. Donors can go to any one of 12 centers, or give blood at mobile drives at schools, workplaces or community halls.

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