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Critically low blood donations during spring break have caused local shortage

Sterling, VA – Inova Blood Donor Services has experienced higher than usual patient needs that have critically depleted the Type O blood inventory and the platelet inventory of all blood types.  Donors are needed now to meet the needs of patients in our community.

If you are Type O Positive, O Negative, A Negative or B Negative –Sign up to donate whole blood or double red cells at inovablood.org or call 1-866-BLOODSAVES.

If you are Type O Positive, A Positive, B Positive, AB Positive or AB Negative—Sign up to donate platelets.

Additionally, Inova Blood Donor Services is preparing to serve two pediatric patients in one of the hospitals they serve, who require donations from donors who donate platelets, red cells and plasma during the same donation.  If you are Type O Positive or A Positive—please sign up to donate platelets this weekend to potentially help these patients in need. 

Photo ID Required. Please allow one hour for your blood donation.

Learn more about blood donation at www.inovablood.org

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About Inova

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 inovablood.org.

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