Connecticut faces worst blood supply shortage in years

Health care providers are making an emergency appeal for residents to donate blood. Most types of blood are down to a half-day supply in Connecticut; O positive and O negative types are particularly low. This comes as we head into the Labor Day weekend, a peak time for accidents.At Stamford Hospital, officials say right now they are prepared for a major trauma but they worry about the future if blood supplies keep dwindling. Gail Brown, who supervises the hospital's blood bank, says doctors here are trying to conserve blood as much as they can without sacrificing patient care.As part of his treatment, cancer patient Mark Nardozza of Stamford receives regular blood transfusion. With the severe shortage across the state, he is pleading with the public to roll up their sleeves and donate blood as soon as possible. To donate blood, log on to Connecticut Blood Services or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

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