The risk of blood shortages in Nebraska hospitals is on the rise as donations are on the decline.
Kate Bishop is spokesperson for LifeServe Blood Center which serves around 120 hospitals across Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.
“We typically a see a decrease in blood donations during the summer months as people are going out of town or attending ball games…they get busy and aren’t always able to make their regular blood donations,” Bishop said. “This summer though we are actually experiencing a critical need that is even more critical than usual.”
The mass shooting in Orlando on June 12th put all blood donor centers in the country “on call,” but Bishop says blood shipments from Nebraska were ultimately not sent to Florida.
LifeServe, based in Des Moines, Iowa, can usually help with blood supplies when there are shortages elsewhere in the country, but that’s not the case at the moment.
“Unfortunately, right now, our blood supply is so low that we aren’t able to provide the amount of assistance that we would like to,” Bishop said.
To schedule an appointment, visit www.lifeservebloodcenter.org