New Regulations Cause Plasma Shortage
GAINESVILLE -- A new rule is severely limiting the number of people who can donate plasma leaving the blood collection centers scrambling.
Only four percent of the population have type a-b blood and because of stricter regulations finding them has gotten even tougher.
Currently Lifesouth in Gainesville is completely out of plasma from the universal a-b donors.
One of the main reasons for this is since April the blood bank has not been able to take any plasma from woman.
That's due to a certain dangerous antibodies that can be found in the blood of woman who have given birth.
Rachel Bergheimer, blood donor: "I mean im here anyways, im already giving this donation so they could just take the plasma and help those people who need it."
Bloodsouth does plan to add the question of whether or not a woman has gone through childbirth in the future.
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