Blood Donations Go Uncollected Due To Winter Weather: American Red Cross

Blood Donations Go Uncollected Due To Winter Weather: American Red Cross

Michigan Blood is the primary provider of blood and blood products for more than 60 hospitals in Michigan, including Covenant HealthCare, St. Mary's of Michigan and MidMichigan Health System. Severe weather forced a number of blood drives to be cancelled, and now the organization is asking the public to help fight the winter blood shortage.

The agency also needs type O negative blood, which is a universal blood type that anyone can receive. That's nearly equal to the number of donations collected in two days for the Red Cross nationwide.

Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). She says during November and December the Red Cross was short 28,000 donors from normal levels.

Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, must be transfused within five days of donation and, therefore, are always in high demand.

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"We know the weather conditions can discourage people from going out and cause them to cancel appointments, but we really need people to keep those appointments", said Kristen Lane, marketing lead for Central Blood Bank.

"It's an important blood type for emergency situations", Lewis said.

All blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient blood supply is available for patients - especially platelet and type O negative and B negative donors. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact.

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