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Area hospitals blood stores replenishing

February 5, 2002

Albany-- Faulty bags forced hospitals to toss out needed blood from the Red Cross -- supplies used in surgeries and in emergencies.

The good news -- Southwest Georgia hospitals' empty freezers are being restocked.

The Albany Red Cross says Georgia donations are still very low, and few people are coming out to give blood. Nevertheless, thanks to blood supplies coming in from other regions of the country, hospitals' inventories are half full.

Judy Myler with the Red Cross says, "We are continuing to import units of blood. Today we hope to have the hospitals at 50 percent of inventory. We are able to release units collected in this region now tremendous help to us to do that."

O- and O+ supplies are very low, although the Albany Donor Center says all blood types are needed.

Posted at 5:58 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com