The Red Cross says they will be accepting all types of blood but especially need Platelets, Type O Negative, Type B negative, and Type AB.
Donations have been down across the country due to severe winter storms in some areas and the usual holiday season slowdown. If the current trend of bad weather continues without more blood donors coming in, Michigan Blood's inventory could drop to critical levels. "The need for blood is constant no matter the weather or time of year". However, Kulman says anyone who is sick should delay donating blood until they feel better. "That's why we're reaching out to our community to help ensure a ready supply of blood for patients who depend on it".
The agency critically needs donations of platelets, which have a short shelf life.
Type O negative: The blood type that can be transfused to nearly everyone and is what doctors reach for in trauma situations.
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"Last week's massive winter storm had a significant impact on our blood supply with blood drives cancelled from SC to ME", said Chris Hrouda, president, Red Cross Blood Services.
Platelets are primarily used in the treatment of patients undergoing chemotherapy.
As part of the Blood Systems Blood Services division, Central Blood Bank is included in a multi-state network of blood centers. "The Red Cross is doing everything we can to ensure blood products are available for hospital patients during these hard winter months, but we need help from our regular donors - as well as those who are willing to donate for the first time - to give as soon as possible". It can take 24 to 36 hours to collect, test, process and distribute blood where it's needed.