In addition, severe weather conditions have caused blood drive cancellations, and also can lead to more accidents and an increased need for blood, the release said.
Across the country, 150 blood drives were canceled and 5,500 donations were lost.
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"Right now, blood donations are being distributed to hospitals as fast as they come in", said Natividad Lewis, a Portland-based spokeswoman for the Red Cross.
Platelets: The clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment and always in great demand. Blood Systems is one of the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers, now serving more than 1,000 hospital and health care partners across 28 states to provide comprehensive transfusion medicine services for patients in need. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their health history the day they donate using Donor Pass at donateblood.centralbloodbank.org/DonorPass.aspx.
All blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient blood supply is available for patients - especially platelet and type O negative and B negative donors. "Your donations truly save the lives of local patients".
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Eligible donors must be in good health, at least 17 years old and weigh at least 115 pounds.
Type B negative can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients. Blood donors should bring photo ID.
About the American Red Cross:The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides worldwide humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.
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