FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - This month is National Blood Donation Month and there is an urgent need for blood and platelet donors.
The American Red Cross has had to cancel over 150 donation drives nationally due to severe winter weather, leaving them short over 5,500 donations.
Here in Indiana, has seen a shortfall of about 1,400 donations this winter season and are in urgent need of the following blood types
- Platelets: The clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment and always in great demand.
- Type O negative: The blood type that can be transfused to almost everyone and is what doctors reach for in trauma situations.
- Type B negative: The blood type that can be transfused to type B Rh-positive and negative patients.
- Type AB: The plasma type that can be transfused to almost everyone and can be donated through a platelet or plasma donation, where available, or during a regular blood donation.
If you want to donate, you can do so using the following methods
Use the Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).