Nebraska Community Blood Bank Needs Donations

  • Nebraska Community Blood Bank Needs Donations

Nebraska Community Blood Bank Needs Donations

The American Red Cross is asking people in Central Washington to donate blood in response to potential shortages in the eastern United States.

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

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). Then if you want to consider the months of November and December leading up to January we saw 28,000 fewer blood donations. This network works in tandem, moving lifesaving donations throughout the system-once local patient needs are met-to help ensure blood is available when and where it's needed most.

The RED25 program is aimed at uniting workplaces, community groups, schools and universities across the country to save lives through blood donations.

Eligible donors are strongly encouraged to make an appointment as soon as possible for an upcoming local blood drive.

Types O negative and O positive blood are the most important due to their universal tendencies, the press release said. Platelets are primarily used in the treatment of patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Donors were at a blood drive Monday sponsored by the Troy Rotary Club inside the Bank of America building.

Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, must be transfused within five days of donation and, therefore, are always in high demand.