Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Medical | By Alyssa Little

American Red Cross In Need Of Blood Donors, Officials Say

American Red Cross In Need Of Blood Donors, Officials Say

"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.

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

The American Red Cross on Monday expressed an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to donate to help erase a significant winter blood shortage.

This comes after a slow November and December with "seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed".

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We Are Blood is experiencing a critical blood shortage and is in need of donations, especially types O negative and O positive blood, according to organization officials.

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. "Your donations truly save the lives of local patients".

O-negative, the universal blood type that's always in high demand, can be given to patients of any blood type. She says blood is a perishable product, and you can donate every 56 days.

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

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

Eligible donors must be in good health, at least 17 years old and weigh at least 115 pounds.

About the American Red Cross:The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides worldwide humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

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