Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donations following severe winter weather


The cancelations resulted in over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.

Local blood supplies could be shifted to other parts of the country in response to shortages, she said.

Severe winter weather has had a major impact, with more than 150 blood drives nationwide forced to cancel due to severe cold and snow.

There is a critical need for types O-negative and B-negative, as well as platelets.
Then if you want to consider the months of November and December leading up to January we saw 28,000 fewer blood donations.

"But as a new year begins, our need for regular blood donations to help meet patient needs continues".

A recent press released stated donations during the holiday season were lower than anticipated, placing the Central Texas blood supply at a "dangerously low" level.

Platelets: The clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment and always in great demand.

"We are filling the requirements of blood as fast as they come", Delong said. Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) may be eligible to donate, although there are height and weight restrictions for people 16 to 18 years old.

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

Donors were at a blood drive Monday sponsored by the Troy Rotary Club inside the Bank of America building.

Eligible donors with types O, A negative and B negative blood are urged to make a Power Red donation, where available.