Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Red Cross faces blood shortage, seeks blood and platelet donors

Williamsport Bureau of Fire and Red Cross Team Up to Hand Out Smoke Detectors American Red Cross reports blood shortages
Ben Pena | 13 January, 2018, 02:39

"Within this region, we need to engage 350 donors - daily - to keep up with the demand from our hospital partners", Jay said.

"Patient need at the hospitals we serve never stops", said Amanda Hess, Director, Donor Relations.

Every day in Hampton Roads, the American Red Cross needs to collect 350 pints of blood. Further adding to the diminishing supply, hectic holiday schedules, winter weather and an active cold and flu season collectively contributed to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December.

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

Got batteries? Outage stalls giant tech show in Las Vegas
That is because the focus has changed from the most recent vehicle design and the way in which they drive to the tech inside. This year, as a result of AI, voice ports, and innovative detectors, robots are inching closer to getting used.

The blood center is hoping for a turnaround in donations this weekend.

Illinois Valley Community College instructor and Red Cross volunteer Steve Swett said, "Donors can save up to 15 minutes during the donation process by registering through RapidPass to select their appointment time and fill out health history questions". High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. O blood is the most common blood type.

In a recent press release, Blood Assurance cited a crucial shortage in Type O positive blood, which is always much-needed, because it's the most common blood type.

Donors with Type B negative or Type AB were still encouraged to donate, she said. "Also, if you are using electrical space heaters make sure that you plug them directly into an outlet and you are in the room when you are using them and when you go to leave the room turn them off".

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