Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

September 11, 2013

IBC facing critical blood shortage

Hendricks County Flyer

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The Indiana Blood Center is in critical need of all blood types.

As of Monday morning, multiple Indiana hospitals have requests for units that cannot be filled because of low supply.

The Indiana State Department of Health has been notified that “critical” has been called, an official designation that allows the IBC to communicate with media and donors asking for immediate support.

Donors of all blood types are encouraged to visit one of the eight donor centers statewide or mobile blood drives.

Donors can search for mobile blood drives and schedule appointments online at DonorPoint.org.

Indianapolis area donor center hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Area centers are at 726 Adams St., Ste. 150, Carmel; 3450 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis; 7458 E. Fishers Station Drive, Fishers; and 8739 S. U.S. 31, Greenwood.

IBC also has centers in Columbus, Lafayette, Muncie, and Terre Haute.

Donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good general health, and present a photo I.D. prior to donating. Donors who are 16 must have written parental/guardian permission on an approved IBC form.

The IBC supplies more than 620 units of blood to more than 60 Indiana hospitals every day. The non-profit community service organization was founded in 1952 to provide a continuous, safe and adequate supply of blood products and testing services first to the people in our own communities, then wherever our blood products and testing services are needed.

For more information, call 916-5150 or 1-800-632-4722, ext. 5150.