SAN BERNARDINO, CALIF. – Stormy conditions this past weekend forced LifeStream blood bank to cancel two scheduled mobile blood drives and caused a temporary power outage at one of its fixed-site locations to further strain the supply of blood available for local hospitals.
Victor Valley Global Medical Center, St. Joseph Health/St. Mary and Big Bear Community Hospital are among the facilities that depend on LifeStream blood donors.
There is a nationwide blood shortage; locally, all blood types are critically needed. Donated blood is needed for surgical and cancer patients; accident, trauma and burn victims; newborn babies and mothers giving birth.
LifeStream’s in Victorville is at 12520 Business Center Drive, Bldg. G. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Walk-ins are welcome; appointments may be made by calling 800-879-4484 or visiting LStream.org.
Donors must be at least 15 years of age (donors under 18 years of age require a signed parental consent form that is available at the center), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Photo ID is required. Donors should maintain their regular meal schedules and increase fluid intake (water is best) in the 24 hours prior to donating.
LifeStream is a local, nonprofit blood center that provides blood products and services to more than 80 Southern California hospitals.