Arkansas Blood Institute Faces Its Most Critical Challenge: Blood Donors

Arkansas Blood Institute Faces Its Most Critical Challenge
Blood Donors
April 30, 2020 (FORT SMITH) – Facing the single greatest challenge to the blood supply it’s ever seen, Arkansas Blood Institute is urging all Arkansans to donate blood immediately.
Due to COVID-19 impacts, more than a month’s worth of blood collections have been lost. Hospital usage is rising as surgeries return to normal levels, and – without rapidly increased donation rates – blood supplies will soon hit crisis levels.
As surgeries resume throughout Arkansas, the blood supply is dangerously low. Fort Smith is committed to fostering better health for all residents in the River Valley,” said Mayor George McGill.  “Part of this is ensuring our healthcare facilities have access to the blood desperately needed to help patients throughout the River Valley recover from injuries, disease, and life-saving surgeries. We are proud to partner with the Arkansas Blood Institute in this effort.  I encourage all business, medical, community and educational entities to schedule a blood drive if at all possible because we are Fort Smith Proud and River Valley Srong”. 
Blood has no substitute and is perishable, with a shelf life of just 42 days. Blood supplies must be constantly replenished. Arkansas Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 40 hospitals statewide, requiring 1,200 donors each day to keep a healthy stock of blood on the shelf.
“In this time of need, such as we’ve never seen before, we’re calling one and all to respond with that remarkable Arkansas Standard we’ve always seen from our generous donors,” said John Armitage, MD, president and CEO of the Arkansas Blood Institute.
Donors can visit or call 877-340-8777 to schedule an appointment. Most people 16 years and older and in good health can donate. The process takes about an hour.
Blood Unites Us, and together, we can make sure no Arkansan lacks for needed transfusion care.