Urgent need for blood donations cited

The San Diego Blood Bank and ABC (America’s Blood Centers) have issued a critical appeal for blood and platelet donors across the country. With the nation’s blood supply facing significantly low inventory levels, individuals are encouraged to schedule an appointment to donate today.

“We’re asking our community to help replenish our blood supply back to a safe level,” said San Diego Blood Bank CEO, David Wellis. “This summer is a particularly difficult challenge. Supplies are low and the advent of Zika has worsened the challenge. There is no substitute for blood — donations are critically needed.”

Summer is always a challenging time for blood centers to ensure an adequate blood supply due to donors taking vacations and schools being out of session. Despite the season, the need for blood remains constant and patients continue to depend on the generosity of blood donors to meet that need. All blood types are needed.

“Maintaining a safe and adequate blood supply is critical to the nation’s public health and a priority for the medical community,” said Miriam Markowitz, CEO of AABB. “Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is indispensable and required in the treatment of millions of patients, including individuals with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, patients undergoing organ transplants and trauma victims.”

To be eligible to donate blood, one must be at least 17 years old (15 and 16 year olds may donate with parental consent), weigh at least 114 pounds and be in good health. To schedule an appointment, visit or call 1 (800) 469-7322.