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Blood shortage prompts urgent call for people to donate

11 January 2018

Over 150-units of blood weren't collected because of canceled drives.

The American Red Cross is putting out the word that they need blood donations. Blood donation appointments can be scheduled on the American Red Cross website.

The blood donated helps those undergoing surgeries, in accidents, and cancer patients.

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"Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients", Jay said.

In 2016, there were 67,692 Bonfils blood donors, which added up to 142,214 blood donations made in Colorado that year.

"Remember that every time you donate blood you could be saving as many as three people's lives", Gov. Malloy said. RapidPass lets donors complete the pre-donation reading and answer the health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, by visiting redcrossblood.org/rapidpass from the convenience of a mobile device or computer, or through the Blood Donor App. Appointments are preferred but walk in donors are also accepted.

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Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

Type B negative: The blood type that can be transfused to type B Rh-positive and negative patients.

With snow finally moving out of the area organizations like the red cross are trying to make up ground.

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On Wednesday, he encouraged people to donate blood if they are able to.

Blood shortage prompts urgent call for people to donate