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LifeStream Blood Banks Crucially Low on Supply

Processing of bags and vials of blood.
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Processing of bags and vials of blood.

The Inland Empire's largest supplier of blood donations is critically low on supply.  

The non-profit Lifestream Blood Bank is the primary supplier of blood for hospitals across the Inland Empire and has nine donation centers.

Dr. Rick Axelrod is the President and CEO of Lifestream. He said that to keep up with daily demand from hospitals, they need to receive around 500 donations a day. He added, "We're at a point now where we're really challenged to supply blood to the hospitals and very concerned that if we don't fix this shortly, that surgeries are going to be canceled."

Dr. Axelrod said Covid-19 has been the primary issue, with several of their donation drives being canceled in the past year. He said, "And the simple act of donating a unit of blood can save up to three lives, and I think that's a really wonderful thing for people to be thinking about."

Type O Blood is their most significant need since it can be universally used, but Axelrod added that they're very low onType A, which is very unusual for them.

If you'd like to learn more about Lifestream and find a location near you, you can visit their website atlsteam.org.

Jonathan Linden was a reporter at 91.9 KVCR in San Bernardino, California. He joined KVCR in July 2021 and served with the station till October 2022.