St. Petersburg, Florida -- The tragic shooting of police officers in St. Petersburg this morning has caused Bayfront Medical Center to order 18 additional units of type O-negative blood. This has drained what already were low reserves at Florida Blood Services' (FBS) main distribution depot.
Other Tampa Bay area hospitals supplied by FBS have blood on hand that could be transferred if needed. However, to maintain adequate inventories at all local hospitals, additional donations are requested by all eligible type O negative donors as soon as possible.
Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can be blood donors. There is no upper age limit. Identification is required prior to donation. For further information, please call 1-800-68-BLOOD (25663).
Prospective donors can go to www.fbsdonor.org, enter their zip code and find convenient bloodmobile and neighborhood donor center locations and hours.
Bayfront Medical Center wants donors to be sure that they contact FBS, and not go directly to the hospital to donate.
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