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Roll Up Your Sleeves: Save Lives During National Blood Donor Month




The American Red Cross issued an urgent call this week for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now to help address a winter blood donation shortage. Platelet and type O negative and B negative blood donations are critically needed right now.
Severe winter weather with snow storms and frigid temperatures has had a tremendous impact on blood donations. More than 150 blood drives have already been cancelled this year causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. 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.
January is National Blood Donor Month – an excellent time to make blood donation a New Year’s resolution. The Red Cross provides about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply, and currently Red Cross blood products are being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations come in.
According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion due to illness, to treat an injury, or during surgery. A single unit of blood from one donor can save up to three lives.
In the United States, about 39,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals and emergency medical treatment facilities for patients with diseases, organ transplantation procedures and to help save the lives of victims of accidents.
To schedule your next donation, use the free Blood Donor App, visit the Red Cross Blood website, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donate now and help save a life.
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