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DC Area Blood Donors Urgently Needed

Critical Blood Shortages Across the DC Metro Area – Blood Donors Needed Now to Meet Patient Care Needs

Sterling, VA – The Washington, DC region is experiencing critical shortages of red blood cells. All donor blood types are needed currently to help ensure patients from Northern Virginia have what they need to heal. Donors are needed as soon as possible to re-stock the supply. Inova Blood Donor Services provides blood to many hospitals across DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

Each unit of blood can save up to three lives. Donation time, including registration and post-donation snacks, usually takes less than one hour.

All blood transfused in hospitals comes from volunteer blood donors.

To make your appointment to donate blood or to learn more, please call 1-866-BLOODSAVES or visit inovablood.org

An inventory report issued on June 25 shows a shortage in every blood type category, particularly A Negative, A Positive, O Negative, and O Positive.

chart showing how many units of blood are needed in each type

Upcoming Blood Donation Events

Wednesday, June 26: 

  • Dine & Donate at Woodburn Donor Center (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Thursday, June 27:

  • Brooke Grove Retirement Village – Sandy Spring, MD (1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Fortis College – Landover, MD (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Woodburn Donor Center – Annandale, VA (12 noon to 8 p.m.)
  • CentreMed Donor Center – Centreville, VA (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Friday, June 28:

Beach Towel Giveaway at all Inova Blood Donor Centers

  • Dulles Donor Center (6 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Woodburn Donor Center (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • CentreMed Donor Center (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

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

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2 Comments

  1. David on July 29, 2019 at 8:07 am

    I donate platelets and plasma would it be better to donate blood? I want to donate whatever is needed most.

    Respectfully,

    David

  2. Gregory Gaston-Wilcox on July 31, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Question…
    If you don’t know what your blood type is… how does that work? Does INOVA have a means of determining during the donation or is that something that has to be done before hand?

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