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Silverdale blood bank supply critically low

"Although a few blood drives are planned for the near future to bolster the Puget Sound Blood Center's inventory, the supply is currently at a critical level, said PSBC spokesman Keith Warnack.The supply is considered critical when there's only enough blood available to last three days, Warnack said.The inventory is at a critical level for 0-positive and O-negative blood. We have about half the units in the inventory for us to feel comfortable about for the region, said Warnack.It's not that donations are down.Blood donation has remained fairly constant at about 4 percent per year, but demand has increased by a little more than 2 percent since last year, Warnack said.But we always need more blood on the shelf just in case. You never know when an operation will change course, or some sort of emergency will happen, he added.In such situations, a patient can require as much as 50 units of blood. I've seen patients use as much as 100 units in less than an hour if they're bleeding profusely, Warnack said.If one's blood type is B-negative, that could be a problem.We only keep 61 units (of B-negative) on the shelf now, Warnack said.Although blood is drawn at the PSBC location on Kitsap Mall Boulevard, the region's inventory is stored at other locations.The blood drawn in Silverdale comes to our facility (in Renton), where it's tested, Warnack said. The hospitals have an inventory, they order certain amounts according to types.When the supply of certain types is low the PSBC will limit the amount hospitals order, except for emergencies: We send it out as they need it, so we can shift it around where the need is greatest.The PSBC always welcomes donors. Those who would like to donate can make an appointment, or just show up, Warnack said.The (Silverdale) center can handle walk-ins. We'd never turn away someone, donors are hard to come by, he said.He said people who are in relatively good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and are not at risk for hepatitis or HIV, are considered eligible to be donors.Hours for the Silverdale PSBC branch are noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; and 8:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The facility is closed on Sundays and Mondays.Prospective donors also can find more information about eligibility, as well as directions and locator maps to the nearest center, on the Internet at www.PSBC.org. The Silverdale PSBC is located at 3230 Randall Way, west of Kitsap Mall Boulevard. "

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