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Blood donors needed

By Staff | Aug 27, 2010

MARTINSBURG – The American Red Cross Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region has issued an urgent call for blood donors.

According to a press release, the Red Cross closely monitors national and local blood supplies to ensure donations are keeping pace with hospital need for blood products in order to meet ongoing and emergency patient care.

“There is a critical need for blood donors now,” said John Hagins, CEO of the Greater Alleghenies Region of the Red Cross. “This summer we have had a particularly difficult time recruiting enough blood donors to meet the requirements of our community’s hospitals and the patients they serve.”

Donors with all blood types are needed, but especially those with Type O-negative.

Red Cross officials say Type O-negative donors can make the difference between an adequate blood supply and a shortage because Type O-negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is most readily given to patients in emergency and trauma situations.

Hagins added that O-positive, A-negative and B-negative blood types also are in high demand.

“We urge people to make and keep an appointment to donate blood now,” Hagins said. “Chances are, someone is counting on you right now for their very life.”

A blood drive is scheduled for 2 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Shepherdstown Fire Hall in Shepherdstown.

Those eligible to donate blood must be 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds or more, depending on their height, and be in generally good health.

To schedule an appointment to donate, please call 800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org for more information.

Donors must bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID upon donating.