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

Blood Bank of Alaska is between 8 and 10 percent under the amount of blood it needs on hand to respond to routine issues and emergency situations.
Published: Oct. 14, 2022 at 4:42 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Blood Bank of Alaska says it’s in critical need of both O-negative and O-positive blood types.

CEO Bob Scanlon says during this time of year, the blood bank tends to see fewer donors come in and donate because people are busy preparing for the winter. That’s shortly followed by the decline of donors during the holiday season which creates a double whammy impact on the bank’s blood supplies.

This comes at a time when there is a larger demand for blood across the state. “We also have a lot of pent up demand from what we can see in regards to folks going in for medical care before winter, taking advantage of those insurance deductibles,” Scanlon said. “So, I think that couples with the amount of traumas we have actually seen. That’s what’s creating the heavy usage right now

Right now, the blood bank is 8-10% under the amount of blood it needs on hand in order to respond to routine issues and emergency situations. According to the Blood Bank of Alaska one donation can save three lives.

The Blood Bank says if you’re interested in donating, you can schedule an appointment ahead of time and walk-ins are also welcome. The procedure takes about one hour to complete.

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