American Red Cross asking for donations amid blood shortage
American Red Cross asking for donations amid blood shortage
American Red Cross reports blood shortages
13 January, 2018, 08:17
Volunteers are needed to transport blood from community blood drives to the Red Cross Blood Services Center located at 700 Spring Garden Road in Philadelphia.
Erie News Now stopped by to get an update on the critical need that was announced last week. "This always makes winter a hard time, so we really need support from blood donors". Seasonal illnesses have also impacted blood donations by contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than were needed in November and December.
"That's not including blood drives that have had lower turnouts and have under-performed due to weather", Edsall said.
2018 has been a very busy year for first-responders and the American Red Cross nationwide. "We're in a critical need".
Donors must be in good health with no cold or flu symptoms, must eat well prior to the donation and present a photo ID at the time of the donation.
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There are a dozen days open for blood donations at the Sonora Blood Donation Center beginning on Friday through the end of the month.
"In fact, 38 percent of people in the United States are actually eligible to donate at any given time, so if you can't donate, you're in the majority, and that's part of the reason why we need so many people to donate", he said. Donors can save up to 15 minutes when they donate blood by using RapidPass.
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. O-negative is a crucial - and rare - blood type because it is compatible with any patient. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. That means more than 5,500 blood and platelet donations have gone uncollected.
Eligible donors with types O, A negative and B negative blood are urged to make a Power Red donation, where available.
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