Donors needed to provide platelets to NY and East Coast after Hurricane Sandy

Those with O-, A or B blood asked to donate

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Houchin Community Blood Bank is on standby to help any blood banks affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The potential need for O negative (O-) and AB plasma in any emergency situation is high.

People with O- blood, and any A or B blood donors in particular who might be willing to try automated donation to provide needed plasma and platelets, are encouraged to call for an appointment. 

Donors must be over 18 and weight at least 110 pounds.  They must also be off aspirin for 48 hours.

The typical time to donate platelets and plasma take about 1.5 to 2 hours, but the special lounge chairs are outfitted with computers to pass time. 

To make a required appointment, call 661-616-2505.

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