The demand for blood products is increasing dramatically as the state of Florida reopens. Elective surgeries have resumed, and more people are out and about which increases the chances of traumas. SunCoast Blood Centers need all blood types, including yours! Appointments are strongly encouraged in order to maintain social distancing.
Hurricane Michael slammed the Florida Panhandle as a category 4 hurricane causing massive damage and disruption of services. SunCoast Blood Bank has been asked to help the recovery effort by providing O negative and O positive blood as well as platelets. Those impacted by this historic hurricane are in our thoughts and prayers of us all.
This past Sunday night SunCoast Blood Bank celebrated the holiday season with their staff, volunteers and board members. With over 180 in attendance the Sarasota Sailing Squadron provided the perfect back drop of our beautiful bay front and sparkling city scape shining under the Super Moon.
Due to the massive floods caused by Hurricane Harvey, Texas is in desperate need of blood and platelets. Please donate at one of the SunCoast Blood Bank locations, ASAP. For donor center hours and bloodmobile locations visit www.scbb.org.
The FDA ceased collections for all Florida blood banks that are not testing for the Zika virus.
Many hospitals across the state have reached out to SunCoast Blood Bank to help meet the need caused by the loss of local blood products in various areas of the state. SunCoast Blood Bank’s first priority is to meet local needs, but we also feel that it is our duty to help out neighbors in need that are adversely impacted in Florida. We ask eligible donors to come help the SunCoast and it’s neighbors by donating blood this weekend.