Red Cross encourages donations as winter blood shortage is upon us

(KSFY) - The American Red Cross has issued an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.

Woman getting her blood pressure checked by a nurse. (Cropped Photo: Jen Rynda / CC BY 2.0)

Hurricanes, wildfires and severe winter weather has had a huge impact on blood donations. Snow storms cause blood drives to close.

This year already more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. The Red Cross asks that you donate if you are able. One donation can save three lives.

See the attached link for upcoming blood drives in and around our area.

Here is a look at the different blood types especially in need:

· 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.