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Weather slows blood donations; Red Cross continues urgent call


Weather slows blood donations; Red Cross continues urgent call

AMERICAN RED CROSS

Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.

This is in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December.

“Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients,” said Tiffany Taylor, external communications manager of the Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “It’s the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency, and that’s why we’re asking eligible individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets today.”

Several drives are scheduled in this area, and numerous drives are set throughout the month all over Middle Tennessee. Nearby drives include:

  • UBS Financial West End, 3102 West End Ave. Nashville, TN 37203
    1/10/2018: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Kroger Bellevue, 7087 Hwy 70 S. Nashville, TN 37221
    1/15/2018: 2 – 6 p.m.
  • Saint Thomas West Hospital, 4220 Harding Road Nashville, TN 37205
    1/23/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

While serving local hospitals is the first priority, the Red Cross can move blood products to where they’re needed most. This allows generous donors throughout the country to contribute to the national blood supply and potentially help patients locally and in storm-affected areas.While all blood types are urgently needed, there is a more critical need for the following blood and donation types right now:

  • Platelets: The clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment and always in great demand.
  • Type O negative: The blood type that can be transfused to almost everyone and is what doctors reach for in trauma situations.
  • Type B negative: The blood type that can be transfused to type B Rh-positive and negative patients.
  • Type AB: The plasma type that can be transfused to almost everyone and can be donated through a platelet or plasma donation, where available, or during a regular blood donation.

How to help
Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800- REDCROSS (1-800- 733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process. 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.

Nashville-area blood drives:

  • Nashville Blood Donation Center, 2201 Charlotte Ave. Nashville, TN 37203
    1/9/2018: 9:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
    1/10/2018: 9:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
    1/11/2018: 9:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
    1/12/2018: 7:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    1/13/2018: 7:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
    1/15/2018: 9:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
    1/16/2018: 9:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
    1/17/2018: 9:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
    1/18/2018: 9:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
    1/19/2018: 7:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    1/20/2018: 7:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
    1/22/2018: 9:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
    1/23/2018: 9:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
    1/24/2018: 9:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
    1/25/2018: 9:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
    1/26/2018: 7:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    1/27/2018: 7:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
    1/29/2018: 9:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
    1/29/2018: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    1/30/2018: 9:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • 1/31/2018: 9:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • Tier Reit, 220 Athens Way, Suite 101 Nashville, TN 37228
    1/9/2018: 8 a.m. – noon
  • Casa de Dios Church, 3030 Dickerson Pike Nashville, TN 37207
    1/9/2018: 4 – 9 p.m.
  • Westwood Baptist Church, 2510 Albion St. Nashville, TN 37208
    1/14/2018: noon – 4 p.m.
  • Christ Church YMCA, 15354 Old Hickory Blvd. Nashville, TN 37211
    1/18/2018: 8 a.m. – noon
  • Calvary United Methodist Church, 3701 Hillsboro Road Nashville, TN 37215
    1/21/2018: 8 a.m. – noon
  • Saint Edward Catholic Church, 188 Thompson Lane Nashville, TN 37211
    1/21/2018: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital GSO Education Center, 2000 Church St. Nashville, TN 37236
    1/23/2018: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Remington College, 441 Donelson Pike Nashville, TN 37214
    1/24/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

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