Medic experiences critical blood shortage

Medic Regional Blood Center reports a severe blood shortage in two very important blood types, O Positive and O Negative. “Our adequate inventory for O Positive, the most common blood type, is 500 pints. We have less than 100 pints on hand. O Negative is the universal donor and we are running extremely low on that type as well,” said Christi Fightmaster, Medic spokesperson. O Negative is the type of blood that most often used during emergency situations when blood type is not known. Everyone is encouraged to donate blood. For questions regarding eligibility, call 865-524-3074.

Donors can stop by 1601 Ailor Avenue near downtown, Knoxville or visit Medic in Farragut at 11000 Kingston Pike near Pittsburg Paint. Community blood drives are planned.

• Monday, Feb. 18, Curves of Maryville, 525 Foothills Plaza, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Bloodmobile.

• Monday, Feb. 18, Olympia Athletic Club, 398 Olympia Drive, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Bloodmobile.

• Wednesday, Feb. 20, Beech Grove Baptist Church, 1519 Topside Road, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Bloodmobile.

• Wednesday, Feb. 20, Eastside Church of Christ, 2543 Sevierville Road, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Bloodmobile.

Medic Headquarters is located at 16The FDA has updated donor eligibility requirements. If you have been deferred in the past, please check with us to see if you are now eligible to give blood. Please call 865-524-3074 and ask to speak to someone regarding eligibility. Donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh 110 pounds or more.

Medic Regional Blood Center depends on volunteer donors to supply the 29 area hospitals in a 21 county region.

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