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South Texas in desperate need of blood donors as supplies run low

09 January 2018, 12:28 | Louis Holland

South Texas in desperate need of blood donors as supplies run low

Red Cross: Severe weather adds to blood shortage

The American Red Cross is asking people in Central Washington to donate blood in response to potential shortages in the eastern United States.

Donations have been down across the country due to severe winter storms in some areas and the usual holiday season slowdown. Their shelf life is very short-only 5 days-while whole blood or red cell donations can last 42 days.

To remind the community of the continued need for blood donations, the Alamo Quarry Market will light their iconic smoke stacks red through January 8.

"Last week's massive winter storm had a significant impact on our blood supply with blood drives cancelled from SC to ME", said Chris Hrouda, president, Red Cross Blood Services.

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As members of the American Red Cross start the new year, they unfortunately face a hard time for blood collections during the challenging winter months.

The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

Additionally, hectic holiday schedules in November and December contributed to almost 550 fewer blood drives hosted by volunteer sponsor groups and coordinators than the two previous months.

Donors of all blood types are needed.

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"Patients at local hospitals rely on people giving blood".

Donors are encouraged to visit the STBTC website at www.southtexasblood.org to find a blood drive near them or to schedule an appointment.

Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.

Type AB: The plasma type that can be transfused to nearly everyone and can be donated through a platelet or plasma donation, where available, or during a regular blood donation.

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