SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has laid off 39 people in response to a drop in requests for blood products.

Spokesman Chris Pilgrim said Friday the layoffs include 27 full-time staff members. The center, which serves hospitals in Missouri and Arkansas, will have about 180 employees after the layoffs.

Pilgrim says technology and changes in protocols have reduced the need for blood transfusions in hospitals. One example is cell separators, which allow a patient's blood to be recycled during surgeries.

Pilgrim tellsKYTV that the organization is not in financial difficulty.

The blood center has two donation centers in Springfield, and one each in Joplin; Springdale, Ark.; and Bentonville, Ark.

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