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The Alaska Blood Bank is in need of O-negative and O-positive blood

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) – The Alaska Blood Bank says it is in need of O-negative and O-positive blood types.

CEO Bob Scanlon says this time of year, the blood bank tends to see fewer donors come in and donate because people are busy preparing for winter. This comes soon after the drop in donations during the holiday season, which has a double effect on the bank’s blood supply.

This is at a time when the demand for blood is high across the state. “We’re also seeing a lot of demand in terms of people seeking health care before winter using these insurance plans,” Scanlon said. “So I think the couple has really experienced the amount of trauma we’ve had. That’s what’s causing the heavy use now.

Currently, the blood bank is less than 8-10% of the amount of blood needed to respond to routine and emergency issues. According to the Alaska Blood Bank, one donor can save three lives.

The blood bank says if you’re interested in donating, you can make an appointment ahead of time and walk-ins are welcome. The procedure takes about an hour.

Fairbanks Community Blood Center is located at 3010 Airport Road. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Their phone number is (907) 456-5645.

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