09 January, 2018
Red Cross officials say ten blood drives in NY were canceled due to last week's winter storm, causing 235 donations to go uncollected. More than 150 blood drives have already been cancelled this year causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.
As members of the American Red Cross start the new year, they unfortunately face a hard time for blood collections during the challenging winter months.
"The need is constant, and hospital patients don't get a vacation from blood transfusions, " explained Red Cross Communications Manager Sue Thesenga. Then if you want to consider the months of November and December leading up to January we saw 28,000 fewer blood donations.
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The Red Cross says they will be accepting all types of blood but especially need Platelets, Type O Negative, Type B negative, and Type AB. RapidPass can now be completed on mobile devices and through the Blood Donor App.
O-negative is a universal blood type, meaning that it can be given to a patient no matter what blood type they have.
"It's an important blood type for emergency situations", Lewis said.
Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.