Local Red Cross Faces Critically Low Blood Supplies

Red Cross Officials say blood donors are desperately needed!

The Red Cross is critically low on seven of the eight blood types and at this time, is not able to meet the needs of all hospitals in a timely manner.

Hospital orders for type O negative and type O positive are being filled on a "Transfuse Only" basis. This means hospitals requesting these types must have an immediate and specific need for a specific patient.

In recent weeks, the number of eligible donors coming forward has sharply declined, yet the need for blood remains the same in the 57 local hospitals served by the Northern Ohio Region. Every day, 900 pints of blood are needed to support approximately 12,000 transfusions weekly.

All blood types are needed now and the American Red Cross is asking eligible donors to make or keep appointments to give blood as soon as possible. Donors should call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment. In addition to mobile blood drives, the Northern Ohio Region has five donor centers with various hours to accommodate donor's schedules.

Individuals must be 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and be in generally good health. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.