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American Red Cross Blood Shortage continues

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Emergency need remains; critical call for type O blood donors to donate now.

American Red CrossNashville, TN – Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July. Still, there continues to be an emergency need for donors of all blood types, especially type O, to give now to address a severe blood shortage.

Red Cross blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in, and right now there is less than a five-day blood supply on hand.

Sara Hernandez has been giving platelets since she was 18 years old. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)
Sara Hernandez has been giving platelets since she was 18 years old. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

The Red Cross strives to keep a five-day supply of blood to meet the needs of patients and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood products.

“Patients don’t get a summer break from the need for lifesaving treatments, so it is critical that hospitals have access to blood products each and every day,” said Mario Sedlock, director of donor recruitment of the Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “We sincerely appreciate those who have responded to the call to help save lives, but the emergency need remains. Those who haven’t rolled up a sleeve to give are urged to do so today.”

There is a particular need for type O blood, which plays an important role in ongoing patient care and emergencies. Type O positive is the most transfused blood type and can be given to patients with any Rh-positive blood type. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be given to any patient. It’s what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.

In thanks, all those who come to donate blood or platelets July 30th through August 30th, 2018, will receive a $5.00 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

Donors of all blood types are urged to make an appointment to give now using the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1.800.RED CROSS (1.800.733.2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 25th-Aug. 15th

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital
650 Joel Drive
Fort Campbell, KY 42223

7/27/2018: 10:00am-4:00pm

LaPointe Health Clinic
5979 Desert Storm Avenue
Fort Campbell, KY 42223

7/30/2018: 9:00am-2:00pm

Elkton Baptist Church
301 E. Main Street
Elkton, KY 42220

8/10/2018: noon-6:00pm

St. John Lutheran Church
2300 Highway 96
Burns, TN 37029

7/27/2018: 1:00pm-6:00pm

Bank of Dickson
466 Highway 46 S.
Dickson, TN 37055

8/8/2018: 10:00am-2:00pm

Walnut Street Church of Christ
201 Center Avenue
Dickson, TN 37055

8/9/2018: 10:30am-3:30pm

American Red Cross
1760 Madison Street
Clarksville, TN 37043

7/30/2018: 10:30am-4:30pm

8/6/2018: 10:30am-4:30pm

8/13/2018: 10:30am-4:30pm

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1.800.RED CROSS (1.800.733.2767) to make an appointment or for more information.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

For more information, please visit RedCross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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