Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Severe winter weather causes blood shortage nationwide

Severe winter weather causes blood shortage nationwide

On Wednesday, he encouraged people to donate blood if they are able to.

There is a blood drive set for 11 am to 7 pm, Tuesday, January 16 at the First United Methodist Church, Maryville. According to the relief organization, more than 150 blood drives have already been canceled, which has caused "over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected".

Although all blood types are now in short supply, the need for platelets and Type O-Negative and B-Negative blood donations are particularly urgent.

January is National Blood Donor Month, a campaign started by the American Red Cross in 1970 to promote winter blood donations across the country.

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Because of the winter weather in our area blood donations couldn't take place for nearly three days.

"Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients", Clifford Numark, senior vice president of Red Cross Blood Services, said in a statement.

There can be up to about a dozen (or more!) places for Coloradans to donate blood on any given day. It can be given to patients of any blood type. This is in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules that collectively contribute to more than 28,000 fewer donations than were needed in November and December. O-negative blood in particular is needed since it's the universal blood type that any patient can use.

There, she received additional transfusions, and Rusher was moved to the neonatal intensive care unit, where he also received a blood transfusion to increase his red blood cell count. "They were doing shopping so that affected blood drives and people giving", Grant said. The DD Card may be used toward the purchase of any item at participating Dunkin' Donuts.

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