The bitterly cold start to the New Year has resulted in a critical shortage of blood donations, and the American Red Cross is now urging the public to roll up its sleeves and help out. Blood drives all over our area were cancelled when the winter weather hit last week and that left the region's blood supply in trouble.
While response to the blood center's announcement brought in more donors, the debilitating flu season and spike in traffic fatalities due to recent heavy rains caused the supply of O-negative blood to quickly head back to a one-day reserve, notes Mr. Magaña.
The Red Cross tries to prioritize locally, but can distribute blood to hospitals all over the country. "They have a need for donors to come in and donate either blood or platelets and it will go to local area hospitals first and can then go where needed", she said. "It's the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency, and that's why we're asking eligible individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets today".
However, the only way patients in need can receive blood transfusions is through voluntary blood donation and blood drives, making these vital events.
There's still time for you to save lives!
Bad weather, illness and people traveling have contributed to a nationwide shortage of blood for medical procedures, Red Cross officials said this week.
Blood donors can use RapidPass to complete pre-donation readings and health history questionnaires online at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass prior to the blood drive.
Chesterfield Township: Noon to 5:35 p.m. January 23 at the Chesterfield Township Library, located at 50560 Patricia St.
February 6 - 10:45 a.m. -5 p.m., Moose Lodge, 211 E 12th St. Because of a heating issue, the most recent Red Cross collection sites temporarily have been moved.
Chesterfield Township: 2:30 p.m.to 8:15 p.m. January 24 at Dean A. Naldrett Elementary School, located at 47800 Sugarbush Road. There will be blood drives at 30 different Food City stores in 16 counties.