Mississippi’s blood supply is at a very dangerous level causing officials with United Blood Services to declare a state of emergency.
“There is no blood on the shelves,” said Dwight Sledge. “When United Blood Services has no blood, our hospitals and patients have no blood.”
United Blood Services is the only provider of blood and blood products to 66 hospitals in Mississippi and West Alabama .
“Patients in Mississippi hospitals need blood now!” said Sledge. “Residents, please heed this call to action and find your closest United Blood Services Center or mobile blood drive and donate today.”
United Blood Services has released statements over the last three days apprising the public of extreme low levels in the blood supply. While some donors have come in center to donate, blood needs are still critically low.
“Let me stress that only blood donated with United Blood Services is used locally,” said Sledge. “When you donate with Untied Blood Services that blood stays in your community to help your family, friends and neighbors receiving treatment.”
United Blood Services has several locations across the state and holds mobile blood drives daily throughout your community. Call your local center for mobile schedules. Center locations and hours are as follows:
4326 S. Eason Blvd.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 11-7;
Wednesday, Friday: 9-5;