South Texas in desperate need of blood donors as supplies run low

South Texas in desperate need of blood donors as supplies run low

A major blood shortage is being reported by the American Red Cross, and officials are asking the public to help by donating.

Blood donations typically slow down over the holidays because high schools and colleges are off throughout most of those months and don't schedule blood drives at those times. She says during November and December the Red Cross was short 28,000 donors from normal levels. "Unfortunately, as time passes, people get back to their routines and tend to forget that the need for lifesaving blood continues". "Sometimes they'll send a friend or family member in their spot to donate so we don't lose that blood product".

The American Red Cross says eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The Red Cross encourages individuals to make a donation appointment and to complete a RapidPass online health history questionnaire to help speed up the donation process.

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Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.

"Hospitals don't take snow days, and neither do we", said Dawn Kaiser, director of donor services for Michigan Blood.

OBI is urging donors to give blood at the donor centers or mobile blood drives.

Type B negative can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients.

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