Sterling, VA – The Washington, DC region is experiencing a critical shortage of Rh Negative red blood cells.  Inova Blood Donor Services is in immediate need of donations from individuals with blood types of O-, A-, and B -.  Donors are needed as soon as possible to re-stock our supply to ensure patients from across Northern Virginia have the blood they need to heal. 

Current inventory report issued on May 8 shows:

  • 2 units of O Negative blood out of 75 units desired (can be used for any blood type patients)
  • 7 units of A Negative blood out of  75 units desired (can be used for Type A or AB patients)
  • 2 units of B Negative blood out of 15 units desired (can be used for Type B or AB patients)

All blood transfused in hospitals comes from volunteer blood donors. Blood donations take less than an hour and can help save up to three patients. To make your appointment to donate blood or to learn more, please call 1-866-BLOODSAVES or visit

Upcoming Events:

Friday, May 10, at Participating Donor Center Locations: Did you miss out on a shirt from a past donor center event?  Donate on Friday, May 10th and get a past donor t-shirt* as thanks!

Saturday, May 11 and 12, at Donor Centers and Mobile Blood Drives: Donate in honor of Mother’s Day weekend and get a tumbler as thanks* for your donation!

Sign up to reserve your appointment now!  Visit and click on Upcoming Events, or call 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372).

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Inova is Northern Virginia’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider, employing more than 18,000 team members and serving more than 2 million individuals annually through an integrated network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, emergency and urgent care centers, outpatient services and destination institutes such as the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, Inova Schar Cancer Institute and Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute. Our mission is to provide world-class healthcare – every time, every touch – to each person in every community we have the privilege to serve.

Inova Blood Donor Services plays a critical role in the region by supporting the majority of hospitals in the Washington DC metro region, including all Inova hospitals, with a safe and adequate blood supply for patients in the diverse community we serve.  To support the needs of the region, Inova Blood Donor Services must collect 200 units a day from generous blood, platelet, plasma and double red cell donors. More information and statistics about Inova Blood Donor Services can be found at

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