Red Cross urgently needs blood donation – CBS Detroit
(CBS Detroit) Blood donations to the American Red Cross are at their lowest this year.
The organization contributes to reducing blood donations due to the epidemic.
While hospital beds filled, blood drives were canceled due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
“Donor turnout in August was down about 10 percent, so we definitely think that’s a factor and we’ve said that comes with back to school and late summer vacations,” said Megan Lyman, Michigan Red Cross regional communications director.
“So the time when we see donor uptake is usually low but with other cases with Covid-19, we think that’s a factor as well.”
Organizers say the blood donation is being used in hospitals for emergency care.
As demand rises, donation rates drop, leaving supply at its lowest levels since 2015.
“It’s a very dangerous situation,” Lyman said.
One donation can save up to three lives. It’s really a very important activity but it’s also easy to do and you walk out feeling great knowing you’ve made an impact on the community.”
The emergency blood shortage prompted regulators to collect 10,000 additional blood products each week for the next month to supplement the need.
Currently, all eligible persons are urged to donate, especially blood type O, as universal red blood cells can be compatible with all blood types.
“Type O-positive is the most transfused blood type and can be transfused with Rh-positive patients of any blood type,” Lyman explained.
“Type O-negative is a blood type that’s typically used in emergency rooms, so it’s universal. When someone comes in from trauma, whether it’s a car accident, or something else, that’s what these emergency room staff go to for that life-saving blood.” and deliver it to the patient who needs it.”
To find a donation center near you visit https://www.redcrossblood.org.
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