Plant explosions increase need for blood donations - WDAM - TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports

Plant explosions increase need for blood donations

Posted: Updated:

From LifeShare Blood Centers

Several victims from the plant explosion near Baton Rouge are currently using blood. LifeShare is the blood supplier to Baton Rouge General, which is now treating eight victims, five confirmed with burn wounds.

At this time, LifeShare Blood Centers has provided all O negative red blood cells and platelets available in the LifeShare Baton Rouge center. Area hospitals have requested more blood, as treatment for these victims continues and the extent is still unknown.

LifeShare is currently transporting blood components from Alexandria, La. and Shreveport, La. to support the medical needs, as a result of this explosion. Additionally, several other patients are using large amounts of A positive plasma, and O negative and O positive red blood cells.

Due to the increased demand for blood, LifeShare is asking for more donors to refill the supply being used. Once donated, it will take at least 24 hours before the blood is available for patient use. It is also important to have blood available in the coming days and weeks; therefore, LifeShare is also scheduling donation appointments.

LifeShare has opened its Baton Rouge center, at 3849 North Blvd., today until 4:30p.m.

It will be open tomorrow from 8am-4:30pm.

Also, the following mobile blood drives are being conducted this weekend:

  • Friday, June 14 at Wal-Mart Central, 10200 Sullivan Rd, 12p.m. – 6p.m.
  • Saturday, June 15 at K-Mart Gonzales, 115 S. Airline Hwy, 10p.m. – 4p.m.
  • Sunday, June 16 at Wal-Mart in Gonzales, 308 N. Airline Hwy, 10a.m. – 4p.m. and the Wal-Mart on Siegen, 10606 N. Mall Drive, 10a.m. – 4p.m.

For more information, call 225.383.7728 or go to www.lifeshare.org.

  • LOCALLOCALMore>>

  • Shelby bikers head to Coast on safety ride

    Shelby bikers head to Coast on safety ride

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:05 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:05:08 GMT
    Soldiers from a training unit at Camp Shelby Friday celebrated the conclusion of an advanced motorcycle safety course by taking a ride to the Gulf Coast. The trip from Hattiesburg Cycles to Biloxi andMore >>
    Soldiers from a training unit at Camp Shelby Friday celebrated the conclusion of an advanced motorcycle safety course by taking a ride to the Gulf Coast.

    More >>
  • Historical canoe discovered in Lawrence County

    Historical canoe discovered in Lawrence County

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:53 AM EDT2014-08-29 13:53:43 GMT
    A piece of Mississippi history, under water for more than 100 years, surfaced in the Pearl River in Monticello last weekend. Now it's at Turcotte Lab in Madison County. "This is a 14-foot cypress logMore >>
    Last weekend, the Pearl River in Monticello receded just enough to reveal a wooden canoe that dates back more than 100 years. Here's a closer look at this fascinating Mississippi artifact.More >>
  • Statistics show Laurel crime down first half of 2014

    Statistics show Laurel crime down first half of 2014

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:11 AM EDT2014-08-29 07:11:46 GMT
    The Laurel Police Department has released its UCR statistics for the first six months of 2014. According to their Uniform Crime Reporting statistics, from January through June the department has had 689More >>
    The Laurel Police Department has released its UCR statistics for the first six months of 2014. The report shows the city is down 8.4% in crime compared to last year. More >>