Red Cross issues emergency call for donors, especially Type O donors

There continues to be an emergency need for donors of all blood types, especially type O, to replenish 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. 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.

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.

Just show up at a blood drive to give, or make an appointment ahead of time by calling 1-800-733-2767 or visiting redcrossblood.org.  

Upcoming LaPorte County blood drives

LaPorte

8/1/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1225 Michigan Ave.

8/13/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Church of God, 2020 East Lincolnway

Michigan City

8/3/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Palko Services, 4991 W. U.S. 20

8/7/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. John’s United Church of Christ, 101 St. John Rd.

One Response to “Red Cross issues emergency call for donors, especially Type O donors”

  1. Dick

    Jul 31. 2018

    Maybe if the Red Cross didn’t do away with locally ran office, there wouldn’t be this issue. It used to be a great thing, now it’s just some bureaucratically ran mess.

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