Red Cross issues urgent call for blood, platelet donors

Leslie Hanson
January 23, 2018

The flu season and severe winter weather forced the cancellation of more than 150 blood drives and resulted in 28,000 fewer donations of life-saving platelets and blood for patients in hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

"Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year", Sean Inoue, Red Cross account manager, said in an emailed statement.

According to a press release, "the Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations to meet the needs of patients".

Stancil said blood donations typically decline in the winter and holiday season, because people are busy with family and new year obligations, and also during the summer, when many people travel.


Dr. Rhonda Cooke mentions that Missouri has been affected by the flu, more than any other state, in addition, to this the Red Cross has an emergency need for O-negative, B-negative, and AB blood types.

The area's closest Blues Blood Drive will be held at the American Legion Post 365, 1022 Vandalia, in Collinsville. "We encourage all eligible blood donors to come give", she said.

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.

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