Red Cross Has Urgent Need for Blood and Platelet Donations

Published 08/15 2014 10:48AM

Updated 08/15 2014 10:52AM

The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood and platelet donations, even as thousands of people answered the urgent call to donate last month.

Through the end of July, the Red Cross saw an increase of approximately 7.5% in the number of donors coming to give blood, resulting in more than 11,800 additional donations beyond what was anticipated. Despite the increase, blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in, maintaining the urgent need.

“The Red Cross is grateful for those who stepped up to give this lifesaving gift and reminds eligible donors that hospital patients are still counting on them to roll up a sleeve,” said Kay E. Schwartz, CEO for the Red Cross New York-Penn Blood Service Region. “As summer draws to a close, you still have the chance to give hope to patients in need.”

To prevent a shortage and ensure an adequate blood supply for patients the rest of the summer, the Red Cross is asking for platelet donors and those with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood.

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