The American Red Cross is encouraging all eligible donors throughout the New York-Pennsylvania region to give blood or platelets after the recent winter storm.
The storm forced 56 regional blood drives to cancel and blood donation centers to shut down, causing about 1,480 donations to go uncollected. There is a critical need for platelet and type O negative donors.
“The need for blood and platelets is constant despite the weather,” said Patty Corvaia, regional communications manager. “Platelet donors and blood donors of all types, especially type O negative, are urged to give when it’s safe to travel to an area blood drive or donation center.”
Platelets are tiny cells in blood that form clots and stop bleeding. Cancer patients often rely on platelets during treatment.
Type O negative donors are needed since it’s the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients of any blood type. Type O negative blood is what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.