RIVERSIDE (CNS) - LifeStream Blood Bank announced Tuesday, Jan. 12 it is facing a ``critical'' shortage of donated blood, putting surgical patients at risk of having their procedures canceled.
``The situation is extremely serious,'' LifeStream CEO and President Dr. Rick Axelrod said. ``We are very, very low on all blood types; surgeons can only do so much without an ample blood supply. On behalf of patients they assist, I implore the community to come forward and help.''
According to the nonprofit, the dire blood shortage could affect cancer patients, accident victims and newborn babies in need of crucial surgeries.
Blood collected through donations to LifeStream flows to more than 80 hospitals in Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura and San Diego counties.