Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donations following severe winter weather

City blood stocks are desperate Snow significantly impacting blood collections
Melissa Porter | 08 January, 2018, 21:12

January is National Blood Donor Month and the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.

Snow and bad weather are significantly impacting Michigan Blood's ability to collect blood, both due to canceled blood drives and donors who feel it unsafe driving in bad conditions.

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

There are a number of blood drives being held in Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Wyoming, Orleans and Chautauqua Counties over the next few weeks. She says during November and December the Red Cross was short 28,000 donors from normal levels. Platelets are primarily used in the treatment of patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Michigan Blood is the primary provider of blood and blood products for more than 60 hospitals in Michigan, including Covenant HealthCare, St. Mary's of Michigan and MidMichigan Health System.

Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.

The American Red Cross's supply is running lower than usual.