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Platelet, blood donors needed

DONATE NOW Blood Service mascot Billy Blood Drop is looking for some Platelet, blood donors needed
Isabel Fisher | 09 January, 2018, 01:02

"We know the weather conditions can discourage people from going out and cause them to cancel appointments, but we really need people to keep those appointments", said Kristen Lane, marketing lead for Central Blood Bank. More than 150 blood drives were forced to cancel.

The American Red Cross is issuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors Monday to help tackle a winter blood shortage.

This has put additional pressure on the nation's blood supply (especially for type O-negative and platelets), which is already trying to recover from lower donor turnout over the holidays. There's also a Blood Donor App.

"We encourage everyone who can safely come out and donate to do so", said Debbie Bonzak, executive director for LifeShare Community Blood Services in the release. "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".


Types O negative and O positive blood are the most important due to their universal tendencies, the press release said.

Platelets: The clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment and always in great demand.

Type B negative: The blood type that can be transfused to type B Rh-positive and negative patients.

Eligible donors must be in good health, at least 17 years old and weigh at least 115 pounds. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

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