MEDIC Regional Blood Center in need of O negative blood donations

Kenny Tucker
January 12, 2018

The Red Cross says there is an urgent need for blood donations nationwide. Over 150 blood drives were canceled due to risky road conditions and power outages caused by the severe weather; those are now being rescheduled, according to Kara Lusk Dudley, a spokesperson for the Red Cross.

Ryan Edsall, account manager of donor recruitment for American Red Cross of North Central West Virginia, said more than 1,400 units of blood were lost between January 2 and January 10 in this region alone.

1 in 4 people who enter the hospital actually need a blood transfusion and many patients need blood on a regular basis.

"Blood can't be stockpiled", DeFrancis said. "It's the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency, and that's why we're asking eligible individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets today".

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"It's a big deal to have a drive canceled because we need about 400 pints a day for hospital patients in the state of Nebraska", Pollard said. Factors that could make volunteers ineligible to donate include being ill, being underweight or taking certain medications, among other factors. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process.

Sallie Coron, the coordinator of blood collections for the U.P. Regional Blood Center has reported a steady amount of donations for the month so far. Donations came be made from 1 p.m.to 7 p.m. on Thursday and from 8:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m Friday. It opened as a Red Cross site March 2017.

Marine City: 12:45 p.m.to 6:30 p.m. January 29 at the Marine City Fire Department, located at 200 S. Parker St.

"It comes to about 6,500 units blood and platelets that go uncollected", Gilbert said. According to a recent report from Kingsport Times-News, they hold about 650 blood drives at local schools and businesses each year to meet this demand.

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