Severe weather adds to blood shortage — Red Cross

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Severe weather adds to blood shortage — Red Cross

Across the country, 150 blood drives were canceled and 5,500 donations were lost.

A major blood shortage is being reported by the American Red Cross, and officials are asking the public to help by donating. Then if you want to consider the months of November and December leading up to January we saw 28,000 fewer blood donations.

The Red Cross says there's an urgent need now for blood and platelets of all types, although platelets and type O, B and AB blood are at more of a critical juncture.

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).

2, the blood center is only projected to receive 53 percent of its normal weekly donations in the coming week. Platelets are primarily used in the treatment of patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process. Blood donors should bring photo ID.

Eligible donors must be in good health, at least 17 years old and weigh at least 115 pounds. However, Kulman says anyone who is sick should delay donating blood until they feel better.

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

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