Blood Donations Go Uncollected Due To Winter Weather: American Red Cross

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The Red Cross says they will be accepting all types of blood but especially need Platelets, Type O Negative, Type B negative, and Type AB.

The American Red Cross on Monday expressed an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to donate to help erase a significant winter blood shortage.

Severe winter weather with snow storms and frigid temperatures has had a tremendous impact on blood donations.

"We hope new donors will consider making a donation during this time of need as well". By giving platelets regularly, donors can help patients kick cancer and recover from other life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

O-negative, the universal blood type that's always in high demand, can be given to patients of any blood type. It is often used for premature infants and trauma patients.

"Last week's massive winter storm had a significant impact on our blood supply with blood drives cancelled from SC to ME", said Chris Hrouda, president, Red Cross Blood Services.

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Donations are needed right now so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments.

"We encourage everyone who can safely come out and donate to do so", said Debbie Bonzak, executive director for LifeShare Community Blood Services in the release.

Eligible donors with types O, A negative and B negative blood are urged to make a Power Red donation, where available.

It can take 24 to 36 hours to collect, test, process and distribute blood where it's needed, the release said.

Eligible donors must be in good health, at least 17 years old and weigh at least 115 pounds.

Michigan Blood is the primary provider of blood and blood products for more than 60 hospitals in Michigan, including Covenant HealthCare, St. Mary's of Michigan and MidMichigan Health System.