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

City blood stocks are desperate

Snow significantly impacting blood collections

More than 150 blood drives were forced to cancel.

With January being National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross hopes blood and platelet donors of all blood types make an appointment to help the shortage. The Red Cross provides about 40 percent of the nation's blood supply, and now Red Cross blood products are being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations come in. She says during November and December the Red Cross was short 28,000 donors from normal levels. She says blood is a perishable product, and you can donate every 56 days. By giving platelets regularly, donors can help patients kick cancer and recover from other life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

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

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Type B negative can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients.

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.

Central Blood Bank has been this area's nonprofit community blood provider for more than 60 years, and serves patients in 50 hospitals in the Pittsburgh region, including nine western Pennsylvania counties and communities throughout West Virginia and eastern Ohio.

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