Red Cross issues emergency call for blood and platelet donations

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The Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to prevent further blood shortages this winter.

Winter holidays, flu season, and even bad weather can cause blood donations to fall, leading to shortages that affect medical care, both for emergencies and patients who need ongoing treatment with blood products.

According to the Red Cross, they have less than a three-day supply of most blood types on hand, and blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.

“Many people may not realize that blood products are perishable, and the only source of lifesaving blood for patients is volunteer blood donors,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “When donations decline – as they did around the holidays and may further decline if severe winter weather and flu season pick up – lifesaving medical treatments could be delayed.”

All eligible donors, especially platelet donors and blood donors with type O blood, are urged to make an appointment to give in the coming days to help restock the shelves for hospital patients.

Tennessee Valley area blood drives:

Huntsville:
1/15/2019: 12:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
1/16/2019: 10:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
1/18/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
1/19/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
1/20/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
1/21/2019: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
1/22/2019: 12:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
1/23/2019: 10:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
1/25/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW
1/26/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd., SW

Florence:
1/16/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Shoals Christian School, Shoals Christian School, 301 Heathrow Drive
1/27/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Cornerstone Church of Christ – Lauderdale Co, 12101 Hwy 20 

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