The American Red Cross is commending those who have donated blood this summer, but say blood is being distributed at southern Nevada hospitals almost as quickly as donations are coming in.
According to the nonprofit organization, there remains a great need for platelet donations as well as contributions from those with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood.
"We are grateful to the donors who have rolled up a sleeve to give blood or platelets to the Red Cross in the last couple of weeks, but our work is not over," said Lisa Mott, collections manager for the Red Cross in Las Vegas. "The need for blood is constant. As July comes to a close and August begins, we ask eligible donors to please give blood or platelets as soon as possible."
The Red Cross made an emergency call for donations on July 9 after seeing about 50,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than expected in June. The organization said the summer is historically a difficult time to get donations.
The Red Cross estimates 900 donors will be needed each week in Las Vegas to meet the demand.
Donors are being encouraged to give double red cells where available.
If you want to donate, you can call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make a donation.
Prospective blood donors are required to be at least 17 years old, at least 110 pounds and in good health.
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