SunCoast Blood Centers is making a call to the community to donate blood to address a critical local need. Hospitals are experiencing an increase in patients requiring blood transfusions with surgeries, cancer therapies, trauma patients, and those battling chronic blood diseases. SunCoast Blood Centers serves hospitals and health care facilities throughout Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties, as well as the Moffitt Cancer Center.
Having an adequate supply of blood and platelets is vital every day and especially during a time when medical resources are operating at full capacity. On any given day in the U.S., the blood supply is set for four days. SunCoast Blood Centers needs to collect 150 red blood cell units each day and 25 platelet products. Unlike other therapies, blood is a living product and has an expiration date and needs to be collected on a daily basis.
Donors aged 16 and over can schedule an appointment to give blood at any SunCoast Blood Centers location or bloodmobile by visiting suncoastblood.org or calling (866) 97-BLOOD. Walk-ins are also welcome. Donors who have received the Covid-19 vaccine are eligible to donate immediately after their vaccine.