Community Blood Center declares emergency shortage in Topeka, northeast Kansas

“The need for blood never takes a holiday – hospital patients who rely on blood donations need us most now,” said David Graham, executive director at Community Blood Center. “We’re encouraging everyone who can to donate blood during this critical time.” (File photograph/The Associated Press)

Topeka residents are being asked to step up blood donations after the Community Blood Center announced a supply shortage Monday.

 

The Community Blood Center, based in Kansas City, Mo., has a Topeka office at 6220 S.W. 29th.

“The need for blood never takes a holiday – hospital patients who rely on blood donations need us most now,” executive director David Graham said in a news release. “We’re encouraging everyone who can to donate blood during this critical time.”

Donors of all blood types were urged to respond, as CBC officials said “donations have declined significantly due to the holidays, cold and flu season and extremely cold weather.”

Officials said centers on the East Coast affected by the winter storm are asking the Community Blood Center for help. At present, its low inventory doesn’t allow it to provide support.

While all blood types are needed, officials said people with Type O-negative blood are strongly encouraged to donate. Individuals with Type O-negative blood represent just 7 percent of the population but their donations are especially needed because their blood can be transfused into anyone.

Hospitals use O-negative blood in emergency room and trauma situations when there is no time for blood typing, the officials said

In addition to the Topeka location just west of S.W. 29th and Wanamaker, other Community Blood Centers can be found at:

— 4040 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.

— 10568 Metcalf Ave., Times Square Shopping Center, Overland Park

— 7265 N. Oak Trafficway, Gladstone, Mo.

— 1124 S.W. US-40 highway, Blue Springs, Mo.

— 3122 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, Mo.

Donors are urged to visit savealifenow.org/blood or call 1-(877)-468-6844 to find a convenient date and location to donate. First-time donors are welcomed.

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DONATION INFORMATION

The entire blood donation process takes less than an hour, and a single donation can be used to save multiple lives. To meet patients’ need for blood and blood components, Community Blood Center requires approximately 500 donors every weekday. About one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion, and with a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished.

To donate, people must be at least 16 years of age, with parental consent required for 16 year olds; weigh a minimum of 110 pounds; and be in generally good health.

Community Blood Center serves hospitals in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area, as well as in eastern Kansas and western Missouri. Community Blood Center provides nearly 200,000 blood products per year to over 60 area hospitals — and relies on volunteer donors each day to meet the need for life-saving gifts of blood.

— Community Blood Center

 

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