Arizona Blood Bank Faces Critical Shortages

ARIZONA – On January 5, Vitalant, formerly known as United Blood Services, declared a critical shortage of blood as blood providers nationwide have less than a two days’ supply of necessary blood types.

For Vitalant, the busy holiday season resulted in more than 21,000 fewer donations than expected over the holidays. Due to the critical shortage, donors are strongly encouraged to give blood as soon as possible by calling (877) 258-4825 (877-25-VITAL) or going online to vitalant.org.  (Locations detailed below.)

“We strive to maintain a 4-day supply of blood just to provide what patients need, and currently we’re at less than half that for certain blood types,” said Dr. Ralph Vassallo, Chief Medical Officer at Vitalant. “Blood on the shelf helps patients every day—for traumas, cancer treatments and critical transfusions—and enables us to be ready if disaster strikes.” 

Currently, all blood types and components are in short supply, with a special need for platelets and type O blood donations. Platelets have a very short shelf life—only five days. Type O-negative blood is the universal blood type that can help stabilize all patients. In Arizona, Vitalant needs to collect 4,200 blood products per week to meet local patient needs.

Every two seconds, someone needs blood. And even with new donations coming in daily, the demand can quickly outpace supply. Patients depend on the ongoing generosity of volunteer blood donors for the blood transfusions they need.

85022-North Phoenix

Sun, Jan 26, 8am-1pm, Unity of Phoenix, 1500 E Greenway, Rooms 6-7

85027-North Phoenix/New River

Sun, Jan 19, 9am-2pm, St Luke Catholic Church, 19644 N 7th Ave, Milligan Centre/Parish Hall

Wed, Jan 29, 7:30am-5:15pm, Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, 2844 W Deer Valley Rd, Auditorium

Thu, Jan 30, 7:30am-3pm, Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, 2844 W Deer Valley Rd, Auditorium

85032-Northeast Phoenix/Paradise Valley

Sun, Jan 19, 10am-2pm, Bell Road Church, 3427 E Bell Rd, Bloodmobile

Wed, Jan 22, 8am-12pm, Abrazo Scottsdale Campus, 3929 E Bell, Bloodmobile

Wed, Jan 29, 8:30am-4:30pm, PVCC, 18401 N 32nd St, KSC 1000A

For more information, call (877) 258-4825 (877-25-VITAL) or going online to vitalant.org