Shortage has Red Cross seeking blood donors

Shortage has Red Cross seeking blood donors

Shortage has Red Cross seeking blood donors

Kesselring touches on the effects of weather on current blood donations."We have lost 158 blood drives due to severe winter weather that has caused us to lose about 55 hundred pints of blood collected".

Red Cross officials say donation levels typically go down during the holidays, but the winter has had a huge impact.

"The American Red Cross has to collect 13,000 pints of blood each and every day in order to supply the needs at thousands of hospitals".

Type O negative blood "is what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations", the Red Cross said.

O-negative blood in particular is needed since it's the universal blood type that any patient can use.

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While all blood type donations are important, Grant said platelet and type "O" negative and "B" negative blood donations are critically needed right now.

Type O negative: The blood type that can be transfused to nearly everyone and is what doctors reach for in trauma situations.

The Red Cross encourages individuals to make a donation appointment and to complete a RapidPass online health history questionnaire to help speed up the donation process.

Type B negative can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients. He's just the kind of donor organizations like the Red Cross are looking for. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Pipestone: 1 to 7 p.m. January 23, St. Leo's Catholic Church, 415 S. Hiawatha Ave.

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