Red Cross Has Urgent Need For Blood Donors

Holiday season good time to roll up sleeves

January is National Blood Donor Month and it could not have come at a better time as the American Red Cross faces a winter blood donation shortage.

Todd Kulman - with the Red Cross of MI - says the severe winter weather over the past few weeks has been a major cause of the shortage, along with high levels of sick people during this cold and flu season.

Of course, in the Norfolk and Coastal areas of Virginia, blood drives scheduled for last week had to be cancelled due to the storm, further hampering the donations there. Platelet and type O negative and B negative blood donations - in particular - are critically needed right now.

While the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center said there is a critical need for blood donations, there is a particularly urgent need for O negative blood. "Unfortunately, as time passes, people get back to their routines and tend to forget that the need for life saving blood continues". RapidPass lets donors complete the pre-donation reading and answer the health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, by visiting from the convenience of a mobile device or computer, or through the Blood Donor App.

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Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.

The Ipswich Blood Donor Centre is located on Level 1 of the Riverlink Medical Centre.

Type AB: The plasma type that can be transfused to nearly everyone and can be donated through a platelet or plasma donation, where available, or during a regular blood donation.

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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