Urgent appeal for blood donors in Corby

Jeannette Daniel
January 9, 2018

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.

While supplies are adequate locally, the Red Cross cancelled more than 150 blood drives in the northeast and eastern United States due to harsh winter weather, said Red Cross spokeswoman Navtividad Lewis. Their shelf life is very short-only 5 days-while whole blood or red cell donations can last 42 days.

The Red Cross is desperate to find 10 whole blood donors and five plasma donors who can give blood at the Ipswich donor centre as soon as possible.

A spokesman for the NHS Blood and Transplant service said: "We urgently need donations after the December bad weather and our stocks are low".

There are a number of blood drives being held in Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Wyoming, Orleans and Chautauqua Counties over the next few weeks.

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The Red Cross is urging eligible donors to support their local blood banks and help save lives.

Additionally, hectic holiday schedules in November and December contributed to almost 550 fewer blood drives hosted by volunteer sponsor groups and coordinators than the two previous months. RapidPass can now be completed on mobile devices and through the Blood Donor App.

Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.

There is a critical need for types O-negative and B-negative, as well as platelets. 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.

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