Red Cross issues urgent call for blood, platelet donors

by Jared Lewis January 9, 2018, 0:39
Red Cross issues urgent call for blood, platelet donors

"All eligible donors, especially those with type O positive blood, are asked to donate as soon as possible", said Cara Nicolas, Associate Public Information Officer for Hoxworth Blood Center.

Severe winter weather with snow storms and frigid temperatures has had a tremendous impact on blood donations.

Kesselring touches on the effects of weather on current blood donations."We have lost 158 blood drives due to severe winter weather that has caused us to lose about 55 hundred pints of blood collected".

Donations are needed right now so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments. "Sometimes they'll send a friend or family member in their spot to donate so we don't lose that blood product".

"The American Red Cross has to collect 13,000 pints of blood each and every day in order to supply the needs at thousands of hospitals".

The need for blood is constant, so it is important that donations are given on an ongoing basis.

The blood donated helps those undergoing surgeries, in accidents, and cancer patients. RapidPass can now be completed on mobile devices and through the Blood Donor App. "That's why we're reaching out to our community to help ensure a ready supply of blood for patients who depend on it".

O-negative, the universal blood type that's always in high demand, can be given to patients of any blood type. "The need for blood is constant no matter the weather or time of year".

Type B negative can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients.

While all blood and donation types are welcome, there's a critical need for type O-negative and platelets, according to the release.

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