Chicago blood supplier says Illinois' summer shortage is worst it's ever seen

Chicago-based LifeSource, one of the largest blood suppliers in Illinois, says this summer's blood shortage is the worst they've ever seen, according to WGN9.

While lower blood supplies are common in the summer, officials say a drop in blood donors, combined with a jump in car accidents and traumas, has exacerbated the shortage.

LifeSource is encouraging donors of all blood types to donate, although they especially need type O-negative and O-positive blood. The company implemented extended hours at its 18 Chicagoland centers this week to accommodate more blood donors.

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