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Acute shortage of blood in Stockholm county

Published måndag 15 februari 2016 kl 10.09
"We don't want too many donors to come in at once because we might have too much"
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Karolina Blom Wiberg, head of communications for Blodcentralen in Stockholm, posing at the new blood donation center at Odenplan. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden
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Karolina Blom Wiberg, head of communications for Blodcentralen in Stockholm, posing at the new blood donation center at Odenplan. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden
A blood bus in central Stockholm. File photo: Tomas Oneborg / SvD / SCANPIX
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A blood bus in central Stockholm. File photo: Tomas Oneborg / SvD / SCANPIX Credit: Tomas Oneborg / SvD / TT

Blood at the Stockholm County Council's blood bank is in short supply, especially types O negative, and AB (both positive and negative).

Kerstin Eriksson, a nurse at the blood donation center, Blodcentralen, told Swedish Television News that flu season, bringing with it both stomach bugs and colds, has taken a toll on the blood bank's supply, since one needs to be healthy to donate. She said that a blood buffer is important so that operations and such can be carried out.

During the last few weeks, Blodcentralen has sent out text messages to blood donors, urging them to donate, but the response has not been overwhelming, since many are sick.

According to Geblod.nu, an information website on how and where to give blood in Sweden, about 3 percent of Swedish adults donates blood.

Last year in Stockholm, 42,086 people donated, which was 1,658 people less than the year before. On the website, it is also possible to see a graph of how much blood is needed for each blood type, in real-time.

Karolina Blom Wiberg, who heads up communications for Stockholm's blood bank, tells Radio Sweden that all kinds of blood are needed, especially type A and O. 

The blood bank is also opening a new center in central Odenplan after it outgrew its old home on the Stockholm island of Kungsholmen.  

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