Red Cross issues ‘urgent’ call for blood and platelets

FROM STAFF REPORTS

This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.

Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. This is in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December.

“Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients,” said Clifford Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “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.”

While serving local hospitals is the first priority, the Red Cross can move blood products to where they’re needed most. This allows generous donors throughout the country to contribute to the national blood supply and potentially help patients locally and in storm-affected areas.

While all blood types are urgently needed, there is a more critical need for the following blood and donation types right now:

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

-Type O negative: The blood type that can be transfused to almost everyone and is what doctors reach for in trauma situations.

-Type B negative: The blood type that can be transfused to type B Rh-positive and negative patients.

-Type AB: The plasma type that can be transfused to almost everyone and can be donated through a platelet or plasma donation, where available, or during a regular blood donation.

 

How to help

Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process. RapidPass lets donors complete the pre-donation reading and answer the health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, by visiting redcrossblood.org/rapidpass from the convenience of a mobile device or computer, or through the Blood Donor App.

 

Upcoming area blood donation opportunities from Jan. 8-31

 

Clanton:

Jan. 8: 1 – 6 p.m., Walmart, 1415 Seventh St. S.

 

Birmingham:

 

Jan. 8: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., UAB Medical Center – North Pavilion, 1802 6th Ave. S

Jan. 8: 12:45 – 7:45 p.m., Caldwell Trace Donor Center, 700 Caldwell Trace

Jan. 9: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Birmingham Fire Western Fitness Center, 4712 Ave. W

Jan. 9: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., UAB Medical Center – North Pavilion, 1802 6th Ave. S

Jan. 9: 12:45 – 7:15 p.m., Caldwell Trace Donor Center, 700 Caldwell Trace

Jan. 10: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Birmingham Fire Western Fitness Center, 4712 Ave. W

Jan. 10: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Alabama Power Corporate, 600 18th St. North

Jan. 10: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., UAB Medical Center – North Pavilion, 1802 6th Ave. S

Jan. 10: 10:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Caldwell Trace Donor Center, 700 Caldwell Trace

Jan. 11: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Birmingham Fire Western Fitness Center, 4712 Ave. W

Jan. 11: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., UAB Medical Center – North Pavilion, 1802 6th Ave. S

Jan. 12: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Caldwell Trace Donor Center, 700 Caldwell Trace

Jan. 13: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Caldwell Trace Donor Center, 700 Caldwell Trace

Jan. 14: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Our Lady of Sorrows Homewood, 1728 Oxmoor Road

Jan. 14: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Caldwell Trace Donor Center, 700 Caldwell Trace

Jan. 15: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Grandview Medical Center, 3690 Grandview Parkway

Jan. 15: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., UAB Medical Center – North Pavilion, 1802 6th Ave. S

Jan. 15: 12:45 – 7:45 p.m., Caldwell Trace Donor Center, 700 Caldwell Trace

Jan. 16: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., UAB Medical Center – North Pavilion, 1802 6th Ave. S

Jan. 16: 12:45 – 7:15 p.m., Caldwell Trace Donor Center, 700 Caldwell Trace

Jan. 17: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., UAB New Freshman Residence Hall, 900 17th St. South

Jan. 17: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., UAB Medical Center – North Pavilion, 1802 6th Ave. S

Jan. 17: 10:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Caldwell Trace Donor Center, 700 Caldwell Trace

Jan. 18: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., UAB New Freshman Residence Hall, 900 17th St. South

Jan. 18: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., UAB Medical Center – North Pavilion, 1802 6th Ave. S

Jan. 19: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., UAB Medical Center – North Pavilion, 1802 6th Ave. S

Jan. 19: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Caldwell Trace Donor Center, 700 Caldwell Trace

Jan. 20: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Caldwell Trace Donor Center, 700 Caldwell Trace

Jan. 21: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Caldwell Trace Donor Center, 700 Caldwell Trace

Jan. 22: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., UAB Medical Center – North Pavilion, 1802 6th Ave. S

Jan. 22: 12:45 – 7:45 p.m., Caldwell Trace Donor Center, 700 Caldwell Trace

Jan. 23: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mayer Electric Supply Co., 3405 4th Ave. South

Jan. 23: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., UAB Medical Center – North Pavilion, 1802 6th Ave. S

Jan. 23: 12:45 – 7:15 p.m., Caldwell Trace Donor Center, 700 Caldwell Trace

Jan. 24: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., UAB Medical Center – North Pavilion, 1802 6th Ave. S

Jan. 24: 10:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Caldwell Trace Donor Center, 700 Caldwell Trace

Jan. 25: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., UAB Medical Center – North Pavilion, 1802 6th Ave. S

Jan. 26: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., UAB Medical Center – North Pavilion, 1802 6th Ave. S

Jan. 26: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Caldwell Trace Donor Center, 700 Caldwell Trace

Jan. 27: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Caldwell Trace Donor Center, 700 Caldwell Trace

Jan. 28: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Caldwell Trace Donor Center, 700 Caldwell Trace

Jan. 29: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., UAB Medical Center – North Pavilion, 1802 6th Ave. S

Jan. 29: 12:45 – 7:45 p.m., Caldwell Trace Donor Center, 700 Caldwell Trace

Jan. 30: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., UAB Medical Center – North Pavilion, 1802 6th Ave. S

Jan. 30: 12:45 – 7:15 p.m., Caldwell Trace Donor Center, 700 Caldwell Trace

Jan. 31: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., UAB Medical Center – North Pavilion, 1802 6th Ave. S

Jan. 31: 10:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Caldwell Trace Donor Center, 700 Caldwell Trace

 

Columbiana:

 

Jan. 16: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Shelby County School of Technology, 701 Highway 70

Jan. 18: 2 – 7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Columbiana, 208 North Main St.

Jan. 19: 2 – 7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Columbiana, 208 North Main St.