Weather cancels blood drives, Red Cross needs help
Weather cancels blood drives, Red Cross needs help
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08 January, 2018, 21:10
The Red Cross provides about 40 percent of the nation's blood supply, and now Red Cross blood products are being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations come in.
Twenty-five blood drives across the state were canceled during last week's storm, leaving the Massachusetts Red Cross 681 donations short. Severe weather forced a number of blood drives to be cancelled, and now the organization is asking the public to help fight the winter blood shortage.
January is National Blood Donor Month, and Central Blood Bank is putting out a call to donors to help save lives during this time of extreme need.
Type B negative: The blood type that can be transfused to type B Rh-positive and negative patients.
Blood and platelet donations go to medical patients who many times are receiving or have received lifesaving treatments.
The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.
Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
"It's an important blood type for emergency situations", Lewis said.
A spokesman for the NHS Blood and Transplant service said: "We urgently need donations after the December bad weather and our stocks are low".
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