Red Cross blood supply slowly improving - donors still needed | Health
Donations are up, according to American Red Cross officials, after they issued an emergency appeal for blood donors. There is still a need for donations though to keep hospitals supplied through the end of the summer.
“We are humbled by the generosity of the many blood donors in Arizona who responded to our appeal, helping to save lives,” said Darrin Greenlee, chief executive officer of the Arizona Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross is so appreciative for each and every selfless act of giving. Our blood donors truly do this out of the goodness of their hearts.”
Numbers for donations are nearly 15,000 more than expected, cutting the donation deficit by 30 percent (to date).
Although donations are up, the blood banks remain at a critical level. Officials say that if at least three additional people give blood at a local drive, through the end of August, there would be enough blood to meet needs to the end of summer. To help keep up this momentum the Red Cross is encouraging anyone who hasn’t already donated this summer to schedule an appointment, and bring a couple of friends or family members with them to donate as well.
Donors of all blood types are needed, but eligible donors with blood types-O, A and B negative and O positive are encouraged to donate. Even if you have already donated (at the beginning of summer) you are able to donate again before summer ends.
You can make an appointment to donate blood by simply calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of ID are required for check in. Those eligible to donate blood must meet the following requirements:
- At least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states)
- weigh at least 110 pounds
- in general good health
- high school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet additional height and weight requirements.
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