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Winter Weather Causes Severe Drop in Blood Donations During Critical Shortage

Winter Weather Causes Severe Drop in Blood Donations During Critical Shortage

Platelet and type O negative and B negative blood donations - in particular - are critically needed right now.

Because of the winter weather in our area blood donations couldn't take place for nearly three days. More than 150 blood drives have already been cancelled this year causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. Plus, they said in a Monday press release, the holidays, flu season, and cold weather resulted in "28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December". "The Red Cross is doing everything we can to ensure blood products are available for hospital patients during these hard winter months, but we need help from our regular donors - as well as those who are willing to donate for the first time - to give as soon as possible". Bonfils Blood Center provides a by-the-numbers look at how giving blood can make a big difference. To make the process for donation more suitable she advises the people to fill the form online or to use Red Cross App.

The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

Severe weather forced the unexpected cancellation of blood collection events in the region and donors are desperately needed to help replenish blood supplies.

The next Red Cross blood drive in Monroe will be February 2 from 7:45 a.m.to 1:30 p.m.at Masuk High School.

"My family and I are so thankful for all the blood donors", Hrouda said.

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The plasma type that can be transfused to nearly everyone and can be donated through a platelet or plasma donation, where available, or during a regular blood donation.

There is high demand for blood type O negative donors because O negative is the universal blood type.

"We have a critical shortage this time of year, and so that is possibly delaying procedures for people who need that blood", said Melissa Papini, the local Red Cross' Disaster Program manager.

The Red Cross also needs type B negative, because it is so rare.

With snow finally moving out of the area organizations like the red cross are trying to make up ground.


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