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Donors Needed to Replenish Red Cross Blood Supply

Northern Ohio

February 4, 2014
 

 Media contact: Christy Sabaka, (216) 361-7523, @redcrossbloodcl                             redcrossblood.org

 

Donors Needed to Replenish Red Cross Blood Supply

Urgent need for blood donors with types O, A negative and B negative

 CLEVELAND, Ohio. (February 4, 2014) — The American Red Cross needs blood and platelet donors to help restock the blood supply this February. Severe winter weather throughout January across much of the country forced the cancellation of about 770 Red Cross blood drives, resulting in more than 25,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations.

“Blood products were distributed to hospitals as quickly as the donations came in,” said Christy Sabaka, Communications Program Manager of the Red Cross Northern Ohio Blood Services Region.  “The extraordinary number of cancellations in January was the equivalent of the Red Cross having to shut down its national operations for more than an entire day.”

On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 units of blood every day for patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. With additional winter weather already forecast for parts of the country in the next week or two, all blood types are currently needed to ensure a sufficient blood supply is available for patients.

There is an urgent need for blood types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative. Eligible donors with these blood types are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to give in the coming days.

Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, must be transfused within five days of donation, so donations are constantly needed. Red blood cells, the oxygen carrying component of blood, are the most widely transfused blood product and must be transfused within 42 days.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

February 5, 2014 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Cuyahoga Community College West Campus, 11000 Pleasant Valley Rd, Parma, OH 44130

February 5, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Willoughby City Hall, 1 Public Square, Willoughby, OH 44094

February 7, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Berea Recreation Center, 451 Front St., Berea, OH 44017

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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