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In wake of police shootings, officials seek blood donations

The shooting of police officers in St. Petersburg this morning has caused Bayfront Medical Center to order 18 additional units of type o negative blood, according to Florida Blood Services.

This has drained what already were low reserves. While other Tampa Bay area hospitals have supplies that can be transferred if needed, additional donations are requested to maintain adequate inventories.

Prospective donors can go to www.fbsdonor.org, enter their zip code and find convenient bloodmobile and neighborhood donor center locations and hours. In addition, people can call 1-800-68 BLOOD (25663) to discuss donation locations.

Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can be blood donors. There is no upper age limit. Identification is required prior to donation.

Headquartered in St. Petersburg, FBS provides over 350,000 blood donations to patients at over 100 hospitals and other ambulatory health care facilities throughout 42 Florida, Georgia, and Alabama counties, through the participation of volunteer donors.

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