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Local blood bank supplies Florida to help shooting victims

Local blood bank supplies Florida to help shooting victims

The state blood center, known as "One Blood" is in need of blood after responding to yesterday's mass shooting in a Parkland, FL high school.

OneBlood is a not-for-profit 501 ( C )(3) community asset responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood to more than 200 hospital partners and their patients in Florida, parts of Georgia, Alabama and SC.

Blood Assurance was contacted by the blood bank that supplies the area where the shooting occurred and was asked to supply O-negative blood to help treat the victims.

"Seven percent of the population has O negative blood", Forbes explained. "However, it is the type in the most demand because it is the universal blood type, meaning it can be given to anyone regardless of the patient's blood type", she said, adding that during emergencies doctors don't have time to check blood type.

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Forbes explained blood can take a few days to process.

Blood Assurance has sent blood to Florida in the wake of the devastating shooting that has claimed the lives of 17 people and left several in critical condition.

Donors are encouraged to visit a OneBlood Big Red Bus or a donor center and donate blood.

Generally healthy people can donate blood, if they're at least 16 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.


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