June 22, 2012
Blood Supply at Critically Low Levels -- Red Cross Needs Donors Now
The Red Cross blood supply has dropped to critically low levels for blood types O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative.
The Red Cross calls on eligible blood donors to schedule a blood donation appointment. To schedule your appointment contact American Red Cross at (520) 230-7295.
CARONDELET FACILITY BLOOD DRIVE DATES:
St. Joseph’s Hospital’s blood drive -Tuesday, June 26, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., in the basement auditorium.
Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute’s blood drive - Wednesday, June 27, 1:00 p.m. – 4 p.m. The bloodmobile will be parked in the CHVI parking lot.
Carondelet St. Mary’s blood drive - Thursday, July 26, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., in the Heritage Room.
Other drives are being scheduled. We will update you when we have more dates and times in place!
According to Debra Deininger, spokesperson for the Arizona Blood Services Region, “Distributions to hospitals of type’s O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative are outpacing donations, creating a critical need for those blood types.”
Deininger also said that, “Overall, blood donations are down in the first five months of 2012, compared to the same period last year. As a result, there is almost half the amount of readily available blood in the Red Cross inventory at this point in time.”
Individuals who are at least 16 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. Parental permission is required for those 16 and 17 years old. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.