Alert: Emergency Blood Shortage; Donors Urgently Needed

March 11, 2019 – Arkansas Blood Institute is experiencing an emergency blood shortage and is issuing an urgent call for donors of all blood types.

Widespread illness, including a flu outbreak, blood drive cancellations, and several days of winter weather in the region, have all contributed to a sharp downturn in donations.  Levels have reached a less than one-day supply. Typically, Arkansas Blood Institute maintains a three- to five-day supply for local hospitals.

“Because close to a quarter of our blood collections comes from school blood drives, school closings can be devastating to our inventory.  With Spring Break around the corner, our schools and universities will be out again, and many people will be leaving the state for vacation. So, it is imperative to replenish the supply right away,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute.  “We are calling on all healthy Arkansans to take about an hour of their time to give blood for our friends and neighbors in need.”

Arkansas Blood Institute encourages all healthy adults, age 16 and older, to donate blood as soon as they can. * 

Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by clicking here to find a blood drive near you or calling (877) 340-8777.

Or click on one of our donor center locations below:
North Little Rock, 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd
Russellville, 1003 West Main
Fort Smith, 5300 S. U St.
Hot Springs, 149 Section Line Road, Ste. G
Little Rock, 101 South Shackleford Road, Ste. 2

Volunteer donors with Arkansas Blood Institute exclusively provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 40 hospitals and medical facilities statewide. 

Every two seconds, someone needs blood.  One donation saves up to three lives.  Arkansas Blood Institute depends on an average of 1,200 donors per day to meet the needs of patients in our state.  These patients rely on blood to survive an emergency injury or illness, or for ongoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening diseases and conditions.

Arkansas Blood Institute has developed “Thank the Donor,” a unique web application that allows blood recipients to send messages of appreciation, photos, or videos to their individual blood donors.  To view messages from patients who are given hope, health, and healing through blood donation, please visit drawing-together.org to see their heartfelt appreciations.

Look for updates on this alert on Arkansas Blood Institute’s social media platforms

*To donate blood, 16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year-olds must weigh at least 110 pounds

Bob Grant