Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Blood Supply Low; Donations Urgently Needed

Published on 
July 7, 2017

Prospective blood donors should schedule an appointment

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is experiencing a blood shortage and is in need of donations of all blood types and platelets. During the summer months and holidays blood donations decrease. This year’s blood inventory has reached critical levels.

“We need blood donations year-round to help us care for our patients,” says Ajay Perumbeti, MD, director of Transfusion Medicine.  “We strongly encourage members of our community to please make an appointment with us to donate. Tell your friends, family members and co-workers to join you so that you can make a difference and possibly save a child’s life.”

CHLA’s goal is to attract 65 donors each day during the month of July to replenish its blood and platelet supply. On average, CHLA patients need 2,000 units of blood and blood components each month as part of the life-saving care the hospital provides.

Donors need to be 17 years of age or older (photo ID required) and weigh at least 110 pounds. They must also meet criteria for recent travelers. To schedule an appointment, call 323-361-2441, or book a time online at www.chladonateblood.org.  The CHLA Blood Donor Center is open Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The CHLA blood mobile can work with community members, organizations, schools and companies to sponsor mobile blood drives with 40 or more blood donors.

About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a nonprofit pediatric academic medical center that has been ranked as the best children’s hospital in California by U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. Children’s Hospital is also one of America's premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1932. For more information, visit CHLA.org. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. The institution maintains two blogs for the community, with information about child health on CHLA.org/Blog and research updates on ResearcCHLABlog.org