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Blood donations: call for mobilization to rebuild stocks

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – FRED DUFOUR – | Volunteers give their blood on June 14, 2011 in Paris

Reserves of blood products are declining, the French are invited to mobilize to replenish them as the summer approaches.

This is the message launched by the French Blood Establishment (EFS) on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day on Wednesday.

The EFS has indeed observed “a downward trend of its reserves in recent weeks”.

Despite a good mobilization of blood donors in April, the month of May and its multiple holidays have led to a decline in the use of blood sampling sites, he said in a statement.

For the safety of patients, the goal is to have 100,000 pockets of blood in reserve, or “there are only 75,000 products in stock”, or “11 days”.

Hence the need to strengthen these reserves in the run-up to the summer period during which collection sites are less frequented, the EFS adds.

Blood donations should be regular and constant because the life of blood products is limited (5 days for platelets, 42 days for red blood cells). 10,000 blood donations are needed each day to meet the needs of the sick.

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