Red Cross issues urgent call for blood, platelet donors

Weather slows blood donations Red Cross continues urgent call

Weather slows blood donations Red Cross continues urgent call

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. The cancelations resulted in over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.

CLEVELAND- The American Red Cross is facing a winter blood shortage and is pleading for blood and platelet donations. Then if you want to consider the months of November and December leading up to January we saw 28,000 fewer blood donations.

Michigan Blood stated there is now an urgent need for all blood types and a special need for O-negative blood, the universal donor, which has dangerously low levels.

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Donations are needed right now so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments.

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).

This has put additional pressure on the nation's blood supply (especially for type O-negative and platelets), which is already trying to recover from lower donor turnout over the holidays. Students can donate once they're 16 years old and a lot of blood comes from high schools.

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

While the blood bank knows donating can be painful they say it's well worth it. Daily, the organization collects more than 13,000 blood donations for patients at 2,600 USA hospitals.

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