Blood donations in short supply

Blood donations in short supply

Posted: Jan. 8, 2018 1:10 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - This month is National Blood Donation Month and there is an urgent need for blood and platelet donors.

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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
 

  1. Platelets: The clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment and always in great demand.
  2. Type O negative: The blood type that can be transfused to almost everyone and is what doctors reach for in trauma situations.
  3. Type B negative: The blood type that can be transfused to type B Rh-positive and negative patients.
  4. 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).

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