Storm increased critical blood supply shortages

Storm increased critical blood supply shortages

Blood drives all over our area were cancelled when the winter weather hit last week and that left the region's blood supply in trouble.

The Red Cross says the holidays, an active flu season and the bitter cold snap have all led to a critical shortage of donated blood and platelets.

"Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients", said Rodney Wilson of the Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region.

Many of those donating blood were regulars.

Bad weather, illness and people traveling have contributed to a nationwide shortage of blood for medical procedures, Red Cross officials said this week. RapidPass lets donors complete the pre-donation reading and answer the health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, by visiting redcrossblood.org/rapidpass from the convenience of a mobile device or computer, or through the Blood Donor App.

As the Red Cross offered more local donation opportunities, Steven Walker of Modesto gave a pint Thursday at the donation center on West Orangeburg Avenue.

While all blood types are needed, platelets and blood types O negative, B negative and AB are especially needed.

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Additional drives are also scheduled to take place in areas surrounding northern Macomb and St. Clair counties.

Ceres Community Center Battle of the Badges, 2701 Fourth St., 11 a.m. -5 p.m. January 19.

February 6 - 10:45 a.m. -5 p.m., Moose Lodge, 211 E 12th St.

Marine City: 12:45 p.m.to 6:30 p.m. January 29 at the Marine City Fire Department, located at 200 S. Parker St.

- Friday, Jan. 12 - The Knights of Columbus in Clarksburg is hosting a blood drive sponsored by the American Legion Post 13 from 1:30 p.m.to 7 p.m.

- Tuesday, Jan. 30 - Notre Dame High School is sponsoring a blood drive at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Clarksburg from 8:30 a.m.to 2 p.m.

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