The Red Cross is partnering with LAPD Pacific Division for a Blood Drive on Tuesday, January 30th, from 8AM-8PM – and they are inviting the community to participate; to donate and help save lives.
This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now to help address a winter blood donation shortage that could affect patient care.
• Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with nearly 500 blood drives forced to cancel causing about 13,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.
• Blood and platelet donations are urgently needed in the coming days so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments.
• Donors in weather-affected areas are urged to give blood or platelets when storms have passed and it is safe to travel.
• Donors in areas unaffected by the weather may be helping patients close to home or patients in areas where donors are unable to give because of inclement weather.
• Right now, blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals as fast as they come in.
• The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.
• Blood and platelets are needed for accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.
• Platelet and type O negative and B negative blood donations – in particular – are critically needed right now.
• Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, must be used within five days of donation and are in constant demand.
• By giving platelets regularly, donors can help patients kick cancer and recover from other life-threatening illnesses and injuries.
• 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 B negative blood can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients.
Now is the time to help ensure the shelves are stocked with the lifesaving blood and platelet donations patients depend on when disasters and severe winter weather strike, and for everyday survival.
• Winter weather, an active cold and flu season, and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributed to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December.
• Additionally, a busy holiday season in November and December contributed to nearly 550 fewer blood drives hosted by volunteer sponsor groups and coordinators than the two previous months.
• More than 80 percent of blood donations are made at blood drives organized by volunteer sponsor groups and coordinators.
• Many of these groups postpone blood drives during the winter holidays when regular donors are busy with holiday activities and travel, which limits the availability of blood drives for people to attend.