Red Cross In Need Of Donations After Bad Weather Cancels Blood Drives

09 January, 2018, 00:28 | Author: Darrell Lopez
  • Red Cross In Need Of Donations After Bad Weather Cancels Blood Drives

UB faculty and staff can help overcome a critical blood shortage due to the recent severe winter weather by taking part in Red Cross blood drives being held this month on the North and South campuses.

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 were forced to cancel. The Red Cross says that means thousands of possible donations were not collected.

"Right now, blood donations are being distributed to hospitals as fast as they come in", said Natividad Lewis, a Portland-based spokeswoman for the Red Cross. RapidPass can now be completed on mobile devices and through the Blood Donor App.

The agency also needs type O negative blood, which is a universal blood type that anyone can receive.




Individuals who are as young as 16 years of age (with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood.

January is officially known as National Blood Donor Month.

This has put additional pressure on the nation's blood supply (especially for type O-negative and platelets), which is already trying to recover from lower donor turnout over the holidays.

Type AB: 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. However, Kulman says anyone who is sick should delay donating blood until they feel better.

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