Winter Storm Creates Urgent Need For Blood Donors
Posted January 30, 2004 6:11 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — The current winter storm has caused the cancellation of more than 61 percent of all scheduled blood drives throughout the region, further jeopardizing an already fragile blood supply.
The canceled blood drives equal approximately 3,000 donations. The American Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to donate as soon as travel conditions permit.
Donors living near local blood centers and in areas currently safe for travel are asked to donate blood or platelets immediately. Those in travel-hampered areas are asked to call (800)GIVE LIFE or (919) 231-1602, ext. 422 for information about scheduling an appointment or for the location of the nearest blood drive.
In the Carolinas Region of the American Red Cross, the current blood supply is hovering at less than a two-day supply.
Approximately 1,500 units of blood are needed each day by patients in the more than 100 local hospitals served by the Carolinas Region.
The Blood Donor Center of Cape Fear Valley Health System also is in critical need. As a result of the icy weather, the health system postponed some surgeries, and the donor center was not able to collect blood.
Eligible blood donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in general good health.
Donors are also reminded that they must bring identification in order to donate. Blood center hours for the remainder of the week include: