Weather cancels blood drives, Red Cross needs help

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January is National Blood Donor Month, and Central Blood Bank is putting out a call to donors to help save lives during this time of extreme need. The cancelations resulted in over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.

While all blood and donation types are welcome, there's a critical need for type O-negative and platelets.

Because of the loss of donors, the Red Cross has seen more than 28,000 fewer donations over the last two months, and is in urgent need of blood and blood-platelet donations.

Donors of all blood types are needed.

Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

The Ipswich Blood Donor Centre is located on Level 1 of the Riverlink Medical Centre.

Platelets: The clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment and always in great demand.

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.

Type B negative can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients.

The need for blood is constant, so it is important that donations are given on an ongoing basis.

"We are profoundly grateful for all of you - from those who roll up a sleeve to give, to those who donate funds so that the Red Cross can meet patient needs". Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact.

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