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Winter Weather Affecting State Blood Supply

Last updated on Monday, January 27, 2014

(UNDATED) - The Indiana Blood Center receives, tests, processes, and distributes blood to about 60 Central Indiana hospitals.

In fact the demand for blood is so high, the Blood Center must make 550 units of blood available to the hospitals on a daily basis, 24/7.

When the state is hit by such severe weather, that has a negative effect on the available blood supply those hospitals count on for patients who need it.

Lucy Waking is a Corporate Communications Specialist for the Indiana Blood Center. She said when a Polar Vortex or other cold weather-related event hits the state, it has a significant impact on agencies such as hers, because people stay inside and don't want to take a chance of driving to a location just to give blood. She says it took about a week after the recent storm to adequately replenish the supply of blood.

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