Local Red Cross Launches Urgent Appeal for Blood Donors
Despite the ongoing efforts to call and e-mail blood donors, the local Red Cross is unable to meet many blood orders for local hospitals in the timeliest manner. Due to the low supplies some orders, particularly type O-negative, have been put on back order.
There is a need for all blood types; particularly O-negative, A-negative and B-negative, which are currently at critically low levels in our community. These critically low blood supplies are resulting in orders being placed on back order; in addition to only filling hospital’s O-negative orders for “Transfuse Only.” This means hospitals requesting type O-negative must have an immediate need for a specific patient.
Type O-negative is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations. Every two seconds someone in the US needs a blood transfusion, and all types are needed on an ongoing basis. “When supplies drop to critical levels,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the American Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region, “we have a responsibility to alert the public immediately so those able to help can do so quickly.”
Since early June the local Red Cross has seen a 10 percent drop in donations and is currently more than 800 blood donations short from the target need. The Red Cross is asking those who may be eligible to make or keep appointments to give blood as soon as possible.
Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or click on the schedule appointment button above. The American Red Cross has also extended its hours at StoneRidge Donor Center in Gahanna and Carriage Place Donor Center in Dublin. Call for hours and appointments.
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