Medic Regional Blood Center is in critical need for for O-Positive and B-Negative blood. Medic says they’re seeing an increase in demand, combined with a decrease in supply nationally. They also need platelet donations.
Medic’s Permanent Locations:
- Downtown Knoxville – 1601 Ailor Avenue
- Farragut – 11000 Kingston Pike
- Athens – 213 E. Washington Avenue, Suite 104
- Crossville – 79 S. Main Street
Medic is requiring face coverings and appointments for donations. If you don’t have a mask or face covering, MEDIC will provide one. Appointments can be made online at www.medicblood.org using the donate link. Appointments can also be made by calling (865) 524-3074.
Donors will receive a special edition MEDIC shirt and a Texas Roadhouse Appetizer coupon.
MEDIC Regional Blood Center has seen an increase in demand for blood products and is currently experiencing a critical need. America’s Blood Centers, AABB and American Red Cross have released a joint statement on the nation’s current blood supply. This shortage is national and not just local to MEDIC. This means that there aren’t products to import to our area from other centers.
As a reminder, the blood on the shelves now is what would be used in a trauma event and it takes three days for donated blood to be processed and ready for distribution.