The American Red Cross has issued an urgent call for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now to help address a winter blood donation shortage.
The Utah Red Cross’s Rich Woodruff joined Good Morning Utah to address how Utah residents can help to ease the need. If you are interested in donating, you can visit the Utah Red Cross’ website to find a donation location.
Platelet and type O negative and B negative blood donations – in particular – are critically needed right now.
Severe winter weather with snow storms and frigid temperatures has had a tremendous impact on blood donations.
More than 150 blood drives have already been canceled this year causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. Further adding to the diminishing supply, hectic holiday schedules, winter weather and an active cold and flu season collectively contributed to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December.
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