Red Cross Experiencing Blood Donation 'Crisis'

Red Cross Experiencing Blood Donation 'Crisis'

More than 150 blood drives across the country were canceled because of severe weather and spreading sickness, causing a shortfall of more than 5,000 blood donations.

"When winter weather impacts our ability to collect blood, we can count on our national inventory to ensure that hospital and patient needs are met", says Peter MacDonald, director of donor relations for Canadian Blood Services' Atlantic region. To find the next blood drive in your area, type your zip code in on the website for the American Red Cross.

The blood donated helps those undergoing surgeries, in accidents, and cancer patients. "The Red Cross is doing everything we can to ensure blood products are available for hospital patients during these hard winter months, but we need help from our regular donors - as well as those who are willing to donate for the first time - to give as soon as possible".

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).

All blood types are needed.

Type B negative can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients. There, she received additional transfusions, and Rusher was moved to the neonatal intensive care unit, where he also received a blood transfusion to increase his red blood cell count. He's just the kind of donor organizations like the Red Cross are looking for.

Brewster: 1 to 6 p.m. January 22, American Legion, 825 Third Ave.

Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Illinois Valley Chapter Donation Center, 1530 Fourth St., Peru from 8 a.m. -2:30 p.m.

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