LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – For the third time in 2021, the Nebraska Community Blood Bank has issued a blood emergency, which means there is only a 1 to 2 day supply for most blood groups, with the universal donor, O- unless a one-day supply. The ideal amount of blood supply is 5-7 days.

Blood emergencies are not often issued and community outreach representative Kari Lundeen said many blood emergencies are due to the pandemic. She said the blood bank normally sees fewer donations during the winter.

“During the holiday season, vacation plans and the common cold and flu, everyone is really, really busy and we understand that, but it also negatively impacts blood donation,” Lundeen said. “We’re just asking for about 45 minutes of your day to come and donate blood and give back to the community. “

Donating blood takes less than an hour and each donation can impact three lives, and a donation can be stored for over 40 days. The Nebraska Community Blood Bank is also asking for platelet donations and has said it needs at least 200 platelets each week to meet hospital demands.

About three percent of the population donates blood, but almost 40 percent of the population can donate. You can go to NCBB.org to make an appointment and offer life this holiday season.

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