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Nebraska Community Blood Bank issues urgent call for donations

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Posted at 3:50 PM, Oct 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-04 16:50:56-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — According to a release from the Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB), it is continuing to face challenges due to low donations brought on by the pandemic.

NCBB said, “The need for blood is constant and to replenish supplies for Nebraska hospitals, trauma centers, and air ambulance bases, more healthy donors are needed at blood drives and donor centers in the coming weeks. Appointments can be made online at NCBB.ORG or by calling 1-877-486- 9414.”

It added, “More than 50% of the blood supply was lost when community blood drives were canceled due to COVID-19 this year, and the supply remains low (less than a 3-day supply of all blood types). Blood drives are resuming.”

You may be eligible to donate if you are:

  • In good health
  • 17 years or older— or 16 with written parental consent (PDF available on NCBB.ORG)
  • At least 110 pounds
  • Free of antibiotics for 24 hours, unless taken for preventative reasons
  • Symptom-free for at least 72 hours following a cold or flu

To make a donation appointment you can call 1-877-486-9414 or visit the NCBB website.

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