KNOXVILLE, TN (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – MEDIC Regional Blood Center has immediate need for O Positive donations.
WHO: MEDIC Regional Blood Center
WHAT: MEDIC Regional Blood Center has less than a 1-day supply of O Positive in inventory. There is no blood to import from other centers across the country. This is a national-level shortage.
WHEN: Immediate Need
WHERE: ALL MEDIC Regional Blood Center Donor Centers and Community Drives
Downtown Knoxville – 1601 Ailor Avenue
Farragut – 11000 Kingston Pike
Athens – 213 E. Washington Avenue, Suite 104
Crossville – 79 S. Main Street
Location Hours, directions and Mobile Blood Drive List: medicblood.org
Note: MEDIC is requiring all donors to wear a mask or face covering. If a donor does not have a mask or face covering, MEDIC will provide one.
Appointments can be made online at www.medicblood.org using the donate link. Appointments can also be made by calling 865-524-3074.
WHY: MEDIC Regional Blood Center has seen an increase in demand for blood products and continues to see a decrease in blood donations. Currently, MEDIC has less than a 1-day supply of O Positive blood. MEDIC has queried other blood centers across the country, and they do not have the inventory to ship any O Positive blood to our area.
As a reminder, the blood on the shelves now is what would be used in a trauma event and it takes three days for donated blood to be processed and ready for distribution.
OTHER: Donors will receive a special edition MEDIC shirt and a Texas Roadhouse Appetizer coupon.
MEDIA: Facebook: @medicblood
Instagram: @medicbloodcenter (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/22/2020-4PM)