On top of that, donating blood typically isn't at the top of people's priority list during the hectic holidays, and there has been an especially active cold and flu season - all of which contributed to there being more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December according to the Red Cross.
Although all blood types are now in short supply, the need for platelets and Type O-Negative and B-Negative blood donations are particularly urgent.
It takes over 3,000 blood donations a week for Bonfils to meet patient needs-and to be ready for the unexpected-in Colorado. Keeping in mind that each person's donation can help three patients, that loss really adds up. Donors can help even more people by inviting a family member, friend or coworker to donate too.
"It's important that people who are eligible to donate come out regularly, make those appointments and keep those appointments", explained Kelly Isenor, spokesperson for American Red Cross CT Blood Services Region. 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.
Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all require blood to save their lives.
Type B negative: The blood type that can be transfused to type B Rh-positive and negative patients. He's just the kind of donor organizations like the Red Cross are looking for.