Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. Whether a patient receives whole blood, red cells, platelets or plasma, this lifesaving care starts with one person making a generous donation.
Would you consider making a whole blood, power red, platelet or plasma donation at Ss. Cyril & Methodius’ Blood Drive on Wednesday, March 31? Your donation can be life-saving. To learn more about the types of blood donations: https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/how-to-donate/types-of-blood-donations.html
The American Red Cross has a constant and ongoing need for blood and platelet donations. With the ongoing pandemic, the Red Cross needs the help of blood and platelet donors to meet the needs of patient care.
The American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. As part of that effort, plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. We are committed to helping others in meaningful ways during this pandemic.
Donating blood products is essential to community health and the need for blood products is constant. The Red Cross follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need. As hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, donors are urged to give now to ensure blood products are readily available for patients.
Blood Supply Statistics
The Red Cross provides about 40% of our nation’s blood and blood components, all from generous volunteer donors. But supply can’t always meet demand because only about 3% of age-eligible people donate blood yearly. Each new donor helps us meet patient needs.
- Each year, an estimated 6.8 million people in the U.S. donate blood.
- 13.6 million units of whole blood and red blood cells are collected in the U.S. in a year.
- About 45% of people in the U.S. have Group O (positive or negative) blood; the proportion is higher among Hispanics (57%) and African Americans (51%).
- Type O negative red cells can be given to patients of all blood types. Because only 7% of people in the U.S. are type O negative, it’s always in great demand and often in short supply.
- Type AB positive plasma can be transfused to patients of all blood types. Since only 3% of people in the U.S. have AB positive blood, this plasma is usually in short supply.
- Red blood cells must be used within 42 days (or less).
- Platelets must be used within just 5 days.
The American Red Cross is in great need at this time. Please sign up to donate at Ss. Cyril & Methodius on Wednesday, March 31, between 1:00PM – 7:00PM: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?dt=WB:PL:DR:PM&ed=03%2F31%2F2021&order=DATE&range=10&sd=03%2F31%2F2021&zipSponsor=48314 or you may call the Parish Office to schedule an appointment for you, 586-726-6911.
If you have questions about the Blood Drive, call an American Red Cross representative at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit: https://www.redcross.org/?cid=generic&med=cpc&source=google&scode=RSG00000E017&gclid=CjwKCAiAg8OBBhA8EiwAlKw3kq4u_ZzbaMWSM8cYe6RzsrZAZP8E2laZ2PMlHEqruLBoUxH36ZUbsxoCfOkQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds