Blood shortage 1
Donna Webb, of Villas, donates blood during Friday's blood drive at VFW Post 3509 on Pacific Ave in Wildwood. Phlebotomist Katie Brannon of Cape May Court House (standing) talks to Webb as she donates.
Blood shortage 2
A sign at a blood drive at VFW Post 3509 on Pacific Avenue in Wildwood tells of the blood donation shortage. The American Red Cross reports a lack of blood donations throughout the region and the country.
- To give blood
For information on blood drives or on how to host a blood drive, call 800-REDCROSS or visit redcrossblood.org
Blood drives happening today:
Marmora: Second Cape May Baptist Church, 600 S. Shore Road, 1 to 6 p.m.
Somers Point: Christ Episcopal Church, 157 Shore Road, 3 to 8 p.m.
Galloway Township: Church of the Assumption, 146 S. Pitney Road, 2 to 7 p.m.
Egg Harbor Township: Green Tree Church, 125 School House Road, 2 to 7 p.m.
If giving blood, be sure to bring a photo ID, eat a substantial meal beforehand and drink as much water as possible in the hours beforehand, Red Cross Volunteer Specialist Maureen Buehl said.
- Facts about the blood supply
The number of blood donations collected in the U.S. in a year: 16 million (2006).
The number of blood donors in the U.S. in a year: 9.5 million (2006).
The number of patients who receive blood in the U.S. in a year: 5 million (2006).
Share of the U.S. population eligible to give blood: Less than 38 percent.
Blood cannot be manufactured — it can only come from generous donors.
Type O-negative blood (red cells) can be transfused to patients of all blood types. It is always in great demand and often in short supply.
Type AB-positive plasma can be transfused to patients of all other blood types. AB plasma is also usually in short supply.
Source: American Red Cross
Posted: Monday, July 30, 2012 1:15 am
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