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Blood Assurance puts out urgent call for Type O blood donors

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To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more, and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids — avoiding caffeine — and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating. 

Blood Assurance has less than a one-day supply of O-negative and O-positive blood on its shelves, and the organization that provides blood and blood supplies to multiple hospitals in Middle Tennessee is pleading for the public’s help in the coming days. 

“With school being out for fall break, paired with high hospital usage, we are experiencing an unprecedented shortage,” said Dr. Liz Culler, chief medical officer for Blood Assurance. “COVID-19 has already depleted the blood supply, so when you add these additional factors in, it’s quite alarming.”

Blood Assurance is giving away a $20 Amazon gift card to all O-negative and O-positive individuals who donate through Oct. 22 at any mobile blood drive or donation center.

Blood donors are urged to visit www.bloodassurance.org/schedule to view a list of all upcoming blood drives and to schedule an appointment. Donors can also call 800-962-0628, or text BAGIVE to 999777.

To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids — avoiding caffeine — and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating.

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Wam

Does Blood Assurance test for Covid antibodies?

The American Red Cross did for at least almost a year I believe but the FDA stopped it in July. It would be helpful for people to know if they are still protected and if the vaccines immune response is still working for them. Big question is why not test for antibodies? I'll be happy to give in about 2 weeks when they indicated I'd waited long enough from my last donation.

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