Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

American Red Cross Removes Letters To Promote Blood Donations

American Red Cross Removes Letters To Promote Blood Donations

USA health officials say they need to collect more than 13 million blood units annually to meet patients' needs.

"Everyday thousands of patients across the United States rely on generous blood donors for critical blood transfusions", said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the Red Cross. Join the #MissingType movement today-make an appointment to give blood by visiting redcrossblood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App or calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). A, B and O are the main blood groups, and when donated A, B and O blood is missing from the shelves of hospitals, patients are impacted.

"The donor pool has been declining", Williams said, "and it's important for people to help us keep those blood levels up because emergencies and surgeries and transfusions just don't stop".

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"South African big business has the power to change the fact that our country faces constant blood shortages, and save lives at the same time", she said. Jaidyn was diagnosed with leukemia in August 2011 when she was only three and a half years old. Jaidyn finished two years of treatment in October 2013 and has been in remission for nearly five years. The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country.

Community Blood Services of Illinois (CBSI), exclusive provider of blood and blood components to hospitals in Champaign-Urbana, Danville, Effingham, and Mattoon, is urging blood donors to help ensure the blood supply remains stable during the summer months.

A ceremony to recognise significant partners and donors will be held in June. Give blood. Share life, the Regional Director noted that although countries have made significant progress to improve the availability and safety of blood, the demand for blood transfusion is increasing.

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"Adequate supplies of safe blood can only be assured through regular, voluntary, unpaid donations". Canadian Blood Services is regulated as a biologics manufacturer by Health Canada and primarily funded by the provincial and territorial ministries of health.

The Vincent Jones Memorial Blood Drive is Saturday, June 23, from 8:30 a.m.to 12:30 p.m.in the Eaton First Church of God gym, 601 East Lexington Road, Eaton.

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