An emergency blood shortage is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O – to give now and help save lives.
The Red Cross escalated its call for blood and platelet donors after a difficult Independence Day
week for donations. More than 550 fewer blood drives were organized by businesses and other
community groups during the holiday week than during a typical week. This could equate to as many as 15,000 fewer donations than needed, causing donations to now be distributed to hospitals faster than they come in.
“Each and every day, individuals across the country depend on blood and platelet donations for lifesaving treatments and emergency care, so it’s critical that people donate now to meet these
needs,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “Whether you’ve
never donated or give a couple of times a year, you’re needed to give as soon as possible to
help save patient lives. Yours may be the donation a patient is counting on.”
This need is especially critical for type O blood donors. Type O is the most in-demand blood type and often the first be depleted from hospital shelves during a shortage. Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations. Type O positive is the most common blood type and can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood type.
How to help
To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross has added
about 6,500 additional appointment slots at donation centers and community blood drives
across the country over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities through July 31:
- Fairview High School, 2595 Fairview Blvd., Fairview, TN 37062; 3 – 8 p.m., July 27, 2018
- Christ Community Church, 1215 Hillsboro Road, Franklin, TN 37069; 2 – 7 p.m., July 18, 2018
- Oak Valley Baptist Church, 1161 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin, TN 37064; 1 – 7 p.m., July 30, 2018
- Prairie Life Fitness Center, 300 Shingle Way, Franklin, TN 37067; 3 – 8 p.m., July 31, 2018
- Kroger Marketplace, 4726 Traders Way, Thompsons Station, TN 37179; noon – 5 p.m., July 30, 2018
- TrustCore, 5314 Maryland Way, Suite 300, Brentwood, TN 37027; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. July 31, 2018
Red Cross Nashville Blood Donation Center, 2201 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37203
7/25/2018: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m
7/26/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m
7/27/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
7/28/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
7/29/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
7/30/2018: 12:30 – 7:30 p.m.
7/31/2018: 12:30 – 7:30 p.m.