Sunday, 23 September, 2018

American Red Cross makes urgent request for blood and platelet donations

American Red Cross In Need Of Blood Donors, Officials Say Red Cross issues urgent call for blood, platelet donors
Steve Townsend | 09 January, 2018, 00:29

UB faculty and staff can help overcome a critical blood shortage due to the recent severe winter weather by taking part in Red Cross blood drives being held this month on the North and South campuses.

In North Carolina alone, 23 blood drives were cancelled or closed early due to last week's winter storm, with almost 600 uncollected donations.

"The need is constant, and hospital patients don't get a vacation from blood transfusions, " explained Red Cross Communications Manager Sue Thesenga.

A local organization is seeking blood donors after their supply dipped extremely low at the start of the new year.

The Red Cross is desperate to find 10 whole blood donors and five plasma donors who can give blood at the Ipswich donor centre as soon as possible.

Additionally, hectic holiday schedules in November and December contributed to almost 550 fewer blood drives hosted by volunteer sponsor groups and coordinators than the two previous months.

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"We especially need donors with B negative and O negative blood".

Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

The Ipswich Blood Donor Centre is located on Level 1 of the Riverlink Medical Centre. Currently, they say they have less than a one-day supply to serve patients in area hospitals.

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.

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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