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Sacramento hospitals asking Santa for blood donations
Sacramento Bee - Bobby Caina Calvan

It’s a double whammy for hospitals and emergency room patients: Holiday travel, rain-slickened roads and alcohol-related merriment produce a rise in road accidents when fewer regular donors take the time to give blood. “We go through this every year, but this year seems particularly bad,” said Dr. Leonor Fernando, who oversees blood bank and transfusion services at UC Davis Medical Center.

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