PHILADELPHIA, Pa.– Similar to the Emergency Room of a hospital, the American Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient emergencies with blood products 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Through the everyday support and generosity of blood and platelet donors, the Red Cross can be prepared to do this day-in and day-out, no matter when or where these blood products are needed.
Each day, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed for patients in the United States. In fact, approximately every two seconds, someone in this country needs blood. All eligible donors are encouraged to become an Everyday supporter of the Red Cross and their communities by giving blood or platelets this winter.
Everyone who is eligible is urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets in the coming days by calling 1-800-733-2767 or by visiting www.redcrossblood.org.
All blood types are needed, but there is a particular need for people with negative blood types – O-negative, A-negative and B-negative – to give blood now.
Type O negative blood is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations. Type O negative donors are needed now to help prevent the Type O negative blood supply from declining further.
“The Red Cross monitors the blood inventory on a daily basis and when we see a shortage emerging, we communicate the need to our generous blood donors to help us make up the shortfall,” said O’Neill LaGier.
Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in New Jersey and Pennsylvania), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.
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