Red Cross Making "Emergency Call" For Blood Donors

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Red Cross Making "Emergency Call" For Blood Donors

According to a release issued by the Red Cross, blood donations often drop during the summer because there are fewer volunteer-hosted drives.

Here's the significance: every two seconds in the US, blood and platelets are desperately needed to respond to accident and burn victim emergencies, heart surgeries and organ transplant procedures, as well as patients receiving cancer treatments.

Over the past two months, donations have been down and the organization is 61,000 short of what is needed. That's the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood at all for four days.

The slow down in blood donations is something that happens regularly. The American Red Cross reported that there was close to 700 fewer blood drives in the weeks leading up and following the Fourth of July holiday. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. The Red Cross must collect almost 14,000 blood donations every day for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country.

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Zydio said it is easy for residents to visit the website, redcrossblood.org, enter their Zip Code, and find where upcoming blood drive opportunities are in their neighborhoods. Scheduling an appointment and completing an online RapidPass questionnaire can reduce the time it takes to donate. Additionally, summer vacations can disrupt plans for regular blood and platelet donors.

In the summer month, the organization also said the increase in traveling effects the amount of people who are able to donate.

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