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Vitalant blood center declares critical blood shortage

Posted at 6:19 PM, Jan 06, 2020

Non-profit blood bank, Vitalant, has declared a critical blood shortage across our state and the nation.

Right now, the organization is calling for Coloradans to donate. There is currently less than a two day supply of necessary blood types. Officials typically aim to keep a four day supply on hand.

The busy holiday season resulted in more than 21,000 fewer donations than expected.

While all blood types and components are in short supply, there is a special need for platelets and Type-O donations. Platelets only have a shelf life of five days.

Each week in Colorado alone, more than 3,500 blood products need to be collected to keep up with local patient needs.

To find out how you can donate, visit Vitalant here.