NORTHEAST OHIO (WOIO) - The American Red Cross is facing a looming shortage of the blood types most needed by patients and is calling on eligible donors with O negative, B negative and A negative blood to give now to prevent an emergency situation. Blood donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-REDCROSS.
Overall blood donations in the Red Cross Northern Ohio Blood Services Region have been approximately 2,433 fewer per month in June and July this year than the previous 10 months of the year. When demand for the most needed types begins to outpace donations, the Red Cross alerts donors to help restock the shelves.
Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood type. Types B negative and A negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients. Eligible donors are encouraged to donate double red cells – a process where two units of red cells are collected while most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor – where available.
"Summer blood shortages are not uncommon, but they can be prevented when generous volunteers roll up their sleeves to help save lives," said Christy Peters, external communications manager for the Red Cross Northern Ohio Region. "Many donors have already given this summer. We're now asking donors who haven't donated, and those who are eligible again, to make an appointment to give now to help ensure blood products are available for patients."
Platelet donors and those with type AB blood are also continually needed to help ensure patients receive the lifesaving blood products they need. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, surgical patients and bone narrow recipients – must be transfused within five days of donation, so donations are constantly needed. Donors with type AB blood are urged to give blood or platelets to restock the plasma supply. Type AB donors have the universal plasma type, which can be given to patients of all blood types.
Individuals who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again and help patients like an expectant mother at a Red Cross-supported hospital who is currently receiving nearly 100 units of blood products a week until she delivers. Her need alone could add up to 1,100 units.
The free Blood Donor App – available in app stores by searching for American Red Cross or by texting BLOODAPP to 90999 – not only makes appointment scheduling easy, but donors can also access their digital donor card and be notified when their donation is distributed to a hospital. Donors can also visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or find more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
- Beachwood: 8/14 from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Beachwood Community Center, 25451 Fairmount Blvd.
- Cleveland: 8/14 from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Fairview Hospital, 18101 Lorain Ave.
- Parma: 8/14 from 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Parma Blood Donation Center, 5585 Pearl Rd.
- Lakewood: 8/15 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Lakewood Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1382 Arthur Ave.
- Broadview Heights: 8/16 from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. at The Lawrence School, 1551 E. Wallings Rd.
- Cleveland Heights: 8/16 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, 3630 Fairmount Blvd.
- Broadview Heights: 8/17 from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Church of the Assumption, 9183 Broadview Rd.
- Chagrin Falls: 8/17 from 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Cleveland Clinic Family Health Center, 551 East Washington St.
- Rocky River: 8/17 from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Rocky River Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Rd.
- Independence: 8/18 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at VHA Service Center, 6150 Oak Tree Blvd.
- Mayfield Village: 8/18 from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Mayfield Village Civic Center, 6622 Wilson Mills Rd.
- Pepper Pike: 8/18 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Majestic Steel USA, 31099 Chagrin Blvd. #150
- Chagrin Falls: 8/13 from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Bainbridge Town Hall, 17826 Chillicothe Rd.
- Chardon: 8/14 from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Munson Town Hall, 12210 Auburn Rd.
- Burton: 8/17 from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Troy Community House, 13950 Main Market St.
- Chardon: 8/17 from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Junction Auto Sales Inc, 12423 Mayfield Rd.
- New London: 8/13 from 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Eagles, 29 West Fir St.
- Norwalk: 8/13 from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Norwalk Rec Center Ernsthausen, 100 Republic St.
- Norwalk: 8/17 from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 60 West Main St.
- Willoughby: 8/13 from 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Breckenridge Village, 36851 Ridge Rd.
- Concord Township: 8/14 from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Physician Pavilion at TriPoint Medical Center, 7580 Auburn Rd.
- Mentor: 8/14 from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Great Lakes Mall, 7850 Mentor Ave.
- Willowick: 8/14 from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Willowick Community Center, 321 East 314th St.
- Willoughby Hills: 8/16 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St Noel Church, 35200 Chardon Rd.
- Mentor: 8/17 from 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave.
- Sandusky: 8/14 from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Firelands Regional Medical Center, 1912 Hayes Ave.
- Sandusky: 8/18 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Ohio Veterans Home, 3416 Columbus Ave.