Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donations following severe winter weather

Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donations following severe winter weather

One blood collector at the Duluth Red Cross said that another thing holding people back is they are intimated to give blood, because they believe it's a hard process when it really isn't.

Recent snow and ice storms and record-low temperatures that have forced many businesses, schools and town offices to close have canceled many blood drives in the region, including CT.

The Red Cross says because of the cancellations, 5,500 blood and platelet donations have gone uncollected. Platelet and type O negative and B negative blood donations - in particular - are critically needed right now.

Grant said severe winter weather is only one of several factors that has had a tremendous impact on blood donations this year. Seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules collectively led to more than 28,000 fewer donations being collected than what was needed in November and December, according to the Red Cross.

"Last week's massive winter storm had a significant impact on our blood supply with blood drives cancelled from SC to ME", said Chris Hrouda, president, Red Cross Blood Services.

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A single blood donation can help up to three patients.

Eligible individuals are urged to schedule a blood or platelet donation today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).

There, she received additional transfusions, and Rusher was moved to the neonatal intensive care unit, where he also received a blood transfusion to increase his red blood cell count. 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.

There is high demand for blood type O negative donors because O negative is the universal blood type. The DD Card may be used toward the purchase of any item at participating Dunkin' Donuts.