We Are Blood in critical need of Type O blood

09 January, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Lynne Higgins
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"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.

In North Carolina alone, 23 blood drives were cancelled or closed early due to last week's winter storm, with almost 600 uncollected donations. This is in addition to the annual lull in donations due to busy holiday schedules, and a significant outbreak of the flu which prevents donors from coming in.

The American Red Cross is issuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors Monday to help tackle a winter blood shortage. @RedCrossBloodNC @RedCross need your #help now! She says during November and December the Red Cross was short 28,000 donors from normal levels.

The agency also needs type O negative blood, which is a universal blood type that anyone can receive. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all require blood to help save their lives.

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While all blood and donation types are welcome, there's a critical need for type O-negative and platelets.

Eligible donors with types O, A negative and B negative blood are urged to make a Power Red donation, where available.

Eligible individuals are urged to schedule a blood or platelet donation today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).

"Hospitals don't take snow days, and neither do we", said Dawn Kaiser, director of donor services for Michigan Blood.

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