Published: Thu, July 06, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Emergency Need for Blood Donations — Red Cross

Emergency Need for Blood Donations — Red Cross

The Red Cross says donations have been scarce the past two months: down 61,000 donations nationwide. That's the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood at all for four days.

"It's crucial that people donate now to meet the needs of patients every day and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood", Nick Gehrig, communications director for Red Cross Blood Services, said. The organization has issued an emergency call for donations. "We rely on volunteer donors, and so the blood is used to treat cancer patients, trauma patients, organ transplants, burn victims, you name it".

Brittany Scalise donating platelets with the American Red Cross.

Nancy Russ of the American Red Cross is appealing for potential donors to find the time.

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"Nearly 700 fewer blood drives are scheduled during the Independence Day week than in the weeks before and after the holiday", the Red Cross said in a news release on Wednesday.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. Additionally, summer vacations can disrupt plans for regular blood and platelet donors.

All those who come to donate at this blood drive on July 11 will receive one free ticket, valid for entry to participating U.S. Cedar Fair parks, including Cedar Point, Kings Island and others, while supplies last.

Anyone wanting to schedule an appointment to donate can do so through the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting the American Red Cross website or by calling 800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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