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Red Cross says more blood is needed

Press Release 

COLUMBUS, GA - The American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region issued an urgent call for blood donors on Aug. 22, 2010.  While we have seen some response, more is required.

The Red Cross closely monitors national and local blood supplies to ensure donations are keeping pace with hospital need for blood products in order to meet ongoing and emergency patient care.  Here in the Southern Region, there has been a 17% decrease in donations this summer.  As a result, there is a critical need for blood donors to respond now.

With the upcoming Labor Day holiday, we are asking donors to make giving a part of their holiday plans.  Blood is used for the treatment of cancer patients, sickle cell patients, premature babies, transplant recipients, trauma victims and more. Each whole blood donation can help save up to three lives.

"Because we have had a particularly difficult time recruiting enough blood donors to meet the requirements this summer, we are faced with potentially not being able to meet the needs of our community's hospitals and the patients they serve," said Randy Edwards, chief executive officer of the Southern Blood Services Region.

Donors with all blood types are needed, but especially those with type O negative. Type O negative donors can make the difference between an adequate blood supply and a shortage. That's because type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type, and is most readily given to patients in emergency and trauma situations.

"We are urging people to make an appointment to donate blood now," said Edwards. "Chances are, someone is counting on you right now for their very life."

The American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region needs 1,200 people to give blood or platelets every weekday to meet the needs of patients in more than 120 Georgia hospitals. 

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days.  Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets.  Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit to learn more about giving blood or platelets or to schedule an appointment to donate.  


Columbus Donor Center: 7490 Veterans Parkway, Columbus, GA 31909

Source: Red Cross

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