DENVER (CBS4)– There’s a critical shortage of blood in the Denver metro area. Vitalant relies on 450 donations a day in the Front Range region to meet the needs of patients.

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Vitalant confirms there is less than a two-day supply of blood for patients in the area.

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There is a need for platelets and Type O blood.

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Most donors give whole blood, but the need for platelets is constant. They have only a five-day shelf life.

It takes about two hours to donate platelets, which are critical in treating trauma patients and those undergoing cancer therapies.

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Anyone who would like to donate blood is asked to make an appointment. There are eight donation centers in Colorado.

LINK: Call 303.363.2300 | Vitalant

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