Red Cross Experiencing Blood Donation 'Crisis'

Red Cross Experiencing Blood Donation 'Crisis'

Thirteen Connecticut blood drives were canceled because of last week's winter storm, causing 339 donations to go uncollected, according to the Red Cross.

929 schools, businesses, churches and other community organizations in Colorado held 2,710 Bonfils mobile blood drives in 2017. The situation arises when the American Red Cross had cancelled 150 blood drives in the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services region due to extreme cold weather.

Bratton tells that there is a need for all blood type but the need of type B-negative, type AB, and type O negative is higher.

Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year. This is in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December. "It's the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency".

The Red Cross says it is in a blood donation "crisis".

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Eligible individuals are urged to schedule a blood or platelet donation today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). Those who are eligible can donate red blood cells six times a year-you have to wait 56 days in between donations-and platelet donors can give up to 24 times a year.

"Right now, many people are sick and unable to donate because they are not feeling well".

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. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process.

She says ideally they like to have a 5-day supply of blood on hand.

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