KUSA - A Colorado-based blood center is urging volunteers to donate blood in an effort to reverse what they are calling a troubling drop in donations.
Between Jan. and Aug. 2016, Bonfils Blood Center says it has collected 1,700 fewer blood donations compared to the same period in 2015.
Meanwhile, patient use has increased nearly 3 percent in that time.
Bonfils strives to keep about a four-day supply of every blood type on the shelf at all times to be able to meet the needs of patients at nearly 100 Colorado hospitals and to be ready for unexpected events.
Due to the decline in donations along with increased patient usage, Bonfils has missed that mark most of this summer.
Donations typically drop as much as 20 percent during the summer months, but this year blood centers across the country and the Red Cross are all reporting even more severe declines in blood donations.
A surge in donations following the Orlando shooting tragedy helped temporarily but did not reverse the overall trend in declining blood donations.
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