WASHINGTON D.C. – January 2018 — The American Red Cross issued an urgent call for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now to help address a winter blood donation shortage.
Platelet and type O negative and B negative blood donations – in particular – are critically needed right now.
Severe winter weather with snow storms and frigid temperatures has had a tremendous impact on blood donations. More than 150 blood drives have already been cancelled this year causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. Further adding to the diminishing supply, hectic holiday schedules, winter weather and an active cold and flu season collectively contributed to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December.
“Last week’s massive winter storm had a significant impact on our blood supply with blood drives cancelled from South Carolina to Maine,” said Chris Hrouda, president, Red Cross Blood Services. “The Red Cross is doing everything we can to ensure blood products are available for hospital patients during these difficult winter months, but we need help from our regular donors – as well as those who are willing to donate for the first time – to give as soon as possible.”
January is National Blood Donor Month – one of the most challenging times of year to collect enough blood and platelet donations to meet patient needs. The Red Cross provides about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply, and currently Red Cross blood products are being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations come in...
To Read the Entire Article, Please Click Here
Locally, in the Green Bay area, several blood drive locations are available and the Red Cross is hoping you will make an appointment to help meet this urgent need: Please Click Here.