Tuesday, 16 January, 2018

Red Cross Has Urgent Need For Blood Donors

American Red Cross urges blood donations during shortage Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published broadcast rewritten or redistributed
Johnnie Parks | 08 January, 2018, 21:10

Snow and bad weather are significantly impacting Michigan Blood's ability to collect blood, both due to canceled blood drives and donors who feel it unsafe driving in bad conditions.

"Last week's massive winter storm had a significant impact on our blood supply with blood drives cancelled from SC to ME", said Chris Hrouda, president, Red Cross Blood Services. The cancelations resulted in over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. That's nearly equal to the number of donations collected in two days for the Red Cross nationwide. "It's the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency, and that's why we're asking eligible individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets today". She says during November and December the Red Cross was short 28,000 donors from normal levels. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. This allows generous donors throughout the country to contribute to the national blood supply and potentially help patients locally and in storm-affected areas. They have to be transfused within five days, Lewis said.

Type O negative: The blood type that can be transfused to nearly everyone and is what doctors reach for in trauma situations.

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Right now there is a "critical need" for platelets, Type O negative, Type B negative and Type AB blood.

"Patients at local hospitals rely on people giving blood". The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

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