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Blood needed here to help Texas explosion victims

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - As a result of the multiple injuries in the West, Texas explosion, LifeShare Blood Centers is asking for additional blood donations. 

Tina Hooper, spokesperson for LifeShare Blood Centers, says when a blood supply depletes to an unsafe level, surrounding blood centers work to provide blood to that area.

She says being a neighboring blood center to the area affected by the explosion, they are acting quickly to increase the local inventory. This will allow the center to help replenish the blood supply in the Texas area, while keeping the blood supply in our immediate area at a safe level.

Trauma injuries, such as those caused by the Texas explosion, typically require several units of blood immediately and blood components for follow up surgeries. Due to the multitude of injuries, the blood inventory in that area is being used quickly, says Hooper.

Blood type O negative experiences the most use during emergency needs because it is the universal blood type, meaning that someone with any blood type can accept it. In these emergency situations the medical facility often does not have time to learn the victim's blood type.

LifeShare Blood Centers' Monroe location at 2909 Kilpatrick Blvd. is open from 8a.m. – 4:30p.m., Monday through Friday. A public blood drive is taking place at West Ouachita High School Friday, April 19, from 8:15a.m. until 2:15p.m. in the auditorium.

To make a donation appointment or for more information go to http://www.lifeshare.org/

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