-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- The American Red Cross is
sending out an emergency request for blood donors after a recent
dip in donations.
Blood donations were down about 10 percent across the United
States in June, with about 50,000 fewer donations than expected,
the group said. People of all blood types are being asked to donate
blood and platelets to help save lives.
"We're asking for the public's help now to prevent a more serious shortage," Red Cross spokesperson Stephanie Millian said in a news release. "Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for patients in need. It's the blood products on the shelves today that help save lives in an emergency."
June can be one of the most difficult months of the year to
collect blood and platelet donations because many regular donors
are busy with summer activities and less able to find time to
For more information about donating blood, or to make an
appointment to donate blood or platelets, call 800-RED CROSS
(800-733-2767) or visit the American Red Cross website. People who
are at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent in some
states), weigh at least 110 pounds and in good health may be
eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18
years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and
The Red Cross reminds people that the need for blood and
platelet donations is constant. Eligible donors with types O
negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged
to give. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be
transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B
negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.
The American Red Cross has more about
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