OSF, UnityPoint put out call for blood donations amid critical shortage


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Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 3:47 PM CST
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(25 NEWS) - Due to a critical, nationwide shortage of blood, OSF Healthcare and UnityPoint - Central Illinois are changing how they use and store blood products -- to ensure they have enough to support critical patients.

In a joint release, the hospital systems are also asking the community to help by donating blood.

An increased demand for blood, coupled with a decrease in donations during the pandemic, has led to major shortages in the area. They say blood donations are needed now to avert the need to postpone potential lifesaving treatments for patients.

OSF HealthCare and UnityPoint Health – Central Illinois are joining together to urge eligible, healthy individuals to make an appointment to donate blood today. Visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org to find an available appointment near you.

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