American Red Cross asking for donations amid blood shortage

Henrietta Brewer
January 13, 2018

In the Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region, Jay said that almost 600 fewer donations were given than needed during November and December.

The American Red Cross is continuing to provide aid to countless people impacted by fires this winter.

Community Relations Coordinator for the Community Blood Bank, Jennifer Brownlee, says, "There's also a pretty good cold and flu season that's hitting our donors hard as we want to make sure that we can bolster our inventory going into the next few weeks to help weather a lot of those unknowns at this point".

Severe winter weather with snow storms and frigid temperatures has had a tremendous impact on blood donations.

While at the center one day, she was looking over a list of blood drives in this part of ME and noticed Scarborough was basically absent from the list.

Scott said the goal of Suster's drive was to filled 78 or 79 donor slots and successfully collect 60 donations of blood.

Many different types of patients, ranging from burn victims, to those suffering from Leukemia, may all require blood to help save their lives.

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). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process.

"Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients", said Clifford Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services.

"All blood types are needed, especially O-negative, which is a universal blood type and can be used for anyone. They can also print or email their pass".

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