As record-breaking, frigid temperatures continue in the Midwest, South and along the East Coast, the number of people able to come out and give blood is significantly impacted, according to a news release from LifeShare Community Blood Services in Elyria.
While supplies are adequate locally, the Red Cross cancelled more than 150 blood drives in the northeast and eastern United States due to harsh winter weather, said Red Cross spokeswoman Navtividad Lewis.
January is officially known as National Blood Donor Month. 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. "So this blood drive here at Chemours has been so timely".
Eligible donors with types O, A negative and B negative blood are urged to make a Power Red donation, where available. It is often used for premature infants and trauma patients.
The blood donated helps those undergoing surgeries, in accidents, and cancer patients.
2, the blood center is only projected to receive 53 percent of its normal weekly donations in the coming week. The Red Cross provides about 40 percent of the nation's blood supply, and now Red Cross blood products are being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations come in. Their shelf life is very short - only five days - while whole blood or red cell donations can last 42 days.
It can take 24 to 36 hours to collect, test, process and distribute blood where it's needed, the release said. However, Kulman says anyone who is sick should delay donating blood until they feel better.