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When considering readiness for mass trauma events, regional blood supply is crucial

"It is the blood on the shelf that saves lives," says Mark Smith of Bloodworks Northwest. The region's blood bank is currently experiencing an emergency shortage of Type O blood and platelets.
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"It is the blood on the shelf that saves lives," says Mark Smith of Bloodworks Northwest. The region's blood bank is currently experiencing an emergency shortage of Type O blood and platelets.

Tuesday’s mass shooting at an elementary school in Texas has left the nation grief stricken. And communities everywhere are assessing their readiness for multiple injury and mass transfusion events.

Mark Smith is with Bloodworks Northwest. The bank provides blood to all the hospitals in Lane County and 95-percent of the hospital systems within the Pacific Northwest. He said the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, highlights the importance of always having blood available, the moment it is needed.

 Type O blood and platelets supplies at Bloodworks Northwest hover at near 1 to days worth, officials say.
Bloodworks Northwest
Type O blood and platelets supplies at Bloodworks Northwest hover at near 1 to days worth, officials say.

“Because it’s the blood that’s on the shelf that saves the lives,” Smith said. “Not the blood that is going to be collected days or weeks after the tragedy.”

Smith said right now, the regional blood bank faces an emergency shortage of blood and platelets--making response to a traumatic mass need event questionable. He says one tangible way to help is to donate blood.

To give blood, schedule a local appointment at bloodworksnw.org or 800-398-7888. Same day appointments are available.

 Giving blood helps ensure the regional bank will have the needed blood supply following multiple injury or mass transfusion events like mass shootings.
Bloodworks Northwest
Giving blood helps ensure the regional bank will have the needed blood supply following multiple injury or mass transfusion events like mass shootings.


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