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Saline shortage prompts call for blood donations
San Diego Union-Tribune

A nationwide saline solution shortage has driven the San Diego Blood Bank to ask for urgent blood donations from the public.

Blood is in short supply because sterile saline is critical in working with some blood donors, Lynn Stedd, spokeswoman for the blood bank, said Tuesday.

While most blood donors give one pint per visit, a core of about 100 super donors give two pints at a time. The patient’s blood stream must be supplemented with sterile saline in order to make that second pint possible.