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Weather cancels blood drives, Red Cross needs help

Weather cancels blood drives, Red Cross needs help”

Snow and bad weather are significantly impacting Michigan Blood's ability to collect blood, both due to canceled blood drives and donors who feel it unsafe driving in bad conditions.

Local blood supplies could be shifted to other parts of the country in response to shortages, she said. More than 150 blood drives were forced to cancel. "Unfortunately, as time passes, people get back to their routines and tend to forget that the need for life saving blood continues". Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all require blood to help save their lives.

The Ipswich Blood Donor Centre is located on Level 1 of the Riverlink Medical Centre. "Sometimes they'll send a friend or family member in their spot to donate so we don't lose that blood product". However, Kulman says anyone who is sick should delay donating blood until they feel better.

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This has put additional pressure on the nation's blood supply (especially for type O-negative and platelets), which is already trying to recover from lower donor turnout over the holidays.

While all blood and donation types are welcome, there's a critical need for type O-negative and platelets.

Eligible donors with types O, A negative and B negative blood are urged to make a Power Red donation, where available.



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