MEDIC has a critically low inventory for O Negative blood. There is currently less than a one-day supply. Inventory for O Positive is low to critical. Healthy donors are encouraged to donate as soon as possible to stabilize the blood supply. Due to the high holiday demand, O Neg is critically low across the country.
Donors will receive a MEDIC T–shirt, Texas Roadhouse coupon, and ticket to the Polar Express Ride at Beyond the Lends.
Appointments can be made online at www.medicblood.org, via the MEDIC app, or by calling 865-524-3074.
MEDIC is the primary blood product provider for 25 hospitals in 22 counties including Blount Memorial, Covenant Health System, East TN Children’s Hospital, Tennova Healthcare, and UT Medical Center.
As a reminder, the blood, platelets, and plasma products on the shelves now are what would be used in a trauma event, and it takes at least three days for donated blood to be processed and ready for distribution. Demand remains high while donations have been low this summer.
MEDIC is an independent, nonprofit organization. Products donated through MEDIC truly help community members in East TN and Southeastern Kentucky. Products donated through any other collection activity/organization do not stay in East TN or Southeastern Kentucky. Those products are shipped out of the area and nationally.