Red Cross requests more donations after emergency call - Tucson News Now

Red Cross requests more donations after emergency call

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The American Red Cross emergency call for blood donors for the summer months resulted in thousands of donations, but officials say they still need platelet donors, and donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood.

Representatives with the American Red Cross say the blood products are distributed almost as quickly as the donations are received.

"We are grateful to the donors who have rolled up a sleeve to give blood or platelets to the Red Cross in the last couple of weeks, but our work is not over," Darrin Greenlee, chief executive officer for the Red Cross Arizona Blood Services Region said. "The need for blood is constant. As July comes to a close and August begins, we ask eligible donors to please give blood or platelets as soon as possible."

The Red Cross received about 50,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than expected in June.

Since the July 9 emergency call, donations have increased by about 15 percent.

"The summer is historically one of the most difficult times of year for blood and platelet donations," Greenlee said.  "Many donors are still enjoying summer activities, but patients are unable to take a vacation from needing lifesaving transfusions."

Blood and platelet donations are needed for accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for cancer or sickle cell disease.

According to an American Red Cross news release, the Arizona Blood Services Region needs approximately 300 donors every day.

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