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Red Cross Winter Blood Shortage Prompts Urgent Call For Blood Donations

Red Cross Winter Blood Shortage Prompts Urgent Call For Blood Donations Red Cross Winter Blood Shortage Prompts Urgent Call For Blood Donations
Patty Aguilar | 12 January, 2018, 17:39

The Red Cross says the holidays, an active flu season and the bitter cold snap have all led to a critical shortage of donated blood and platelets.

To sustain the blood supply, the Red Cross needs to collect 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at approximatekly 2,600 hospitals. Regular donations are needed from coast to coast to maintain blood and platelet supplies for surgeries, organ transplants, trauma care and cancer treatment in hospitals. Factors that could make volunteers ineligible to donate include being ill, being underweight or taking certain medications, among other factors.

Eligible donors can find a blood donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

Illinois Valley Community College instructor and Red Cross volunteer Steve Swett said, "Donors can save up to 15 minutes during the donation process by registering through RapidPass to select their appointment time and fill out health history questions".

The next blood drive in the Magic Valley will be January 22 to 24 at the Church of Ascension Episcopal in Twin Falls. Because of a heating issue, the most recent Red Cross collection sites temporarily have been moved. O-negative is a crucial - and rare - blood type because it is compatible with any patient.

People with type O and type B negative blood are especially asked to donate.

Ball Corporation, 300 W. Greger St., Oakdale, 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Tuesday.

Chesterfield Township: Noon to 5:35 p.m. January 23 at the Chesterfield Township Library, located at 50560 Patricia St.

Getting more from other blood centers in other parts of the country was also more hard due to canceled flights; blood is typically delivered by FedEx and UPS aircraft.

Peru: Jan. 16 - noon-5:30 p.m., Zion United Church of Christ, 1521 Sixth St.

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