Wintry weather causing blood donation shortages

This year’s bad wintry weather has hindered blood donors from getting and giving to blood banks all across the country.  The American Red Cross says it has lost about 33,000 blood and platelet donations because frigid temperatures are keeping potential donors at home.  The need for blood donors is urgent, especially those with Type O Negative blood.  A universal blood type that can be used during emergency situations when a patient’s blood type is unknown.  With more bad weather on the way, The American Red Cross is trying to stock up before it hits.

The Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank is hosting plenty of blood banks within our area in the coming months.

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