An Easy Way to Help out your Red Cross This Summer!

WANT AN EASY WAY TO HELP OUT YOUR LOCAL RED CROSS THIS SUMMER?
DONATE BLOOD!

· Blood shortages are typical during the summer because people—particularly regular donors—get busy with summer vacations and activities and don’t take time to give blood.

· Conversely, demand for blood can rise with increased roadway and vacation-related accidents. Someone severely injured in a car-crash may need 40 or more units of blood.

· Trends indicate that blood donations statewide may drop by 10 to 15 percent from Memorial Day through September. That amounts to 200 to 300 donations a day.

· Michigan’s Red Cross considers a three-day supply safe and adequate for meeting the needs of ongoing and emergency blood needs, and a five-to-seven day supply optimal for responding to crisis.

· In past years, supplies of Type O- and Type O+ have dropped to serious levels, with a day or less of each available for transfusion.

· Shortages of Type O—often called the universal blood type—can be serious.

· Hospitals use Type O-negative blood in most emergency trauma cases when there is not enough time to determine a patient’s blood type. Type O-positive can be transfused to most anyone with a positive blood type—or about 8 out 10 people.

· This summer, Michigan’s Red Cross needs to collect about 1,600 blood donations from volunteer donors each working day to meet the increasing needs of patients in about 120 Michigan hospitals.

· You can help. About 40 percent of the age-eligible population is eligible to donate, and of those, only a small percent actually do.

· To donate blood, one must be 17 or older, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in general good health.

See our “Giving Blood” page for upcoming dates!
Call 1-800-GIVE LIFE or visit redcrossmichigan.org for an appointment or more information.

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