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Continued: Blood banks make changes to meet dwindling demand

  • Article by: TOM COYNE , Associated Press
  • Last update: October 10, 2013 - 8:19 PM

Experts say there’s also strong demand for platelets, Type AB plasma, which is used in trauma and burn victims and cancer patients, and red blood cells, which are given to accident and gunshot victims and used in elective surgeries.

“I hope that people don’t read that news and say, ‘Oh, there’s not a need for me.’ Because people need blood every single day,” said Barb Kain, spokeswoman for Blood Systems in Scottsdale, Ariz., which provides blood to hospitals in 18 states.

Kain said the decrease in demand has strengthened the supply line.

“The blood supply across the country is stronger than it has been in a long time,” she said.

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