Blood Donations Go Uncollected Due To Winter Weather: American Red Cross

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More than 150 blood drives were forced to cancel.

Right now there is a "critical need" for platelets, Type O negative, Type B negative and Type AB blood.

"Thank you to those wonderful people from the Ipswich community who rolled up their sleeves and gave blood during the festive season, because your gift has helped to save lives", she said.

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).

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Additionally, hectic holiday schedules in November and December contributed to almost 550 fewer blood drives hosted by volunteer sponsor groups and coordinators than the two previous months. "Sometimes they'll send a friend or family member in their spot to donate so we don't lose that blood product".

They say that the need for O-negative blood is particularly urgent.

"Hospitals don't take snow days, and neither do we", said Dawn Kaiser, director of donor services for Michigan Blood. That's why National Blood Donor Month is in January. By giving platelets regularly, donors can help patients kick cancer and recover from other life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

Type B negative can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients.



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