Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donations following severe winter weather

09 January, 2018, 00:29 | Author: Lorraine Moran
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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.

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.

As members of the American Red Cross start the new year, they unfortunately face a hard time for blood collections during the challenging winter months. This network works in tandem, moving lifesaving donations throughout the system-once local patient needs are met-to help ensure blood is available when and where it's needed most.

There are a number of blood drives being held in Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Wyoming, Orleans and Chautauqua Counties over the next few weeks.

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Michigan Blood stated there is now an urgent need for all blood types and a special need for O-negative blood, the universal donor, which has dangerously low levels. RapidPass can now be completed on mobile devices and through the Blood Donor App. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

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. She says blood is a perishable product, and you can donate every 56 days.

Type B negative can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact.

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