Blood center sees need for donations as elective surgeries resume in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO/WAWV) – An Indiana blood center says the need for donations has escalated rapidly due to elective surgeries resuming in the state.

The Versiti Blood Center also anticipates more trauma cases as stay-at-home orders are relaxed.

The center says the need for blood donations has spiked and there’s a particular need for O-negative blood donors, the universal blood type.

To ensure donor safety, Versiti says it is requiring all employees and donors to wear face coverings during appointments. Donors are asked to bring their own face mask or covering if they have one.

Versiti says it’s practicing social distancing at all donation centers and community blood drives, as well as taking the temperature of each potential donor and all emloyees.

Versiti says it has also implemented increased cleaning and disinfecting procedures at all donor centers and mobile donation sites.

If you want to schedule an appointment to donate blood, you can call 317-916-5150 or click here.

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