Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Red Cross in urgent need of blood

Red Cross in urgent need of blood

Gov. Malloy says he comes from a family of donors and has been giving blood for the past 40 years.

That means American Red Cross in urgent need for blood and platelet donations to overcome this winter blood donation shortage. "It is important, however, that we replenish the supply as soon as possible so that we can be prepared if severe weather impacts us again".

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. Sterbens, who received a blood transfusion as a baby, has been donating for five years.

Last week's winter storm forced the cancellation of 45 blood drives in the Appalachian region alone, according to Berandette Jay of the Appalachian and mid-Atlantic Red Cross Blood Services Region.

Once conditions are safe to do so, area residents are being urged to help replenish blood supplies.

929 schools, businesses, churches and other community organizations in Colorado held 2,710 Bonfils mobile blood drives in 2017.

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 provides information on its website about where you can donate. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all require blood to help save their lives.

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

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