New survey finds widespread misconceptions about blood donation
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 11, 2018) — As part of an international movement, the American Red Cross is launching the Missing Types campaign today to recruit new blood donors – and those who have not given recently – to ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients.
During the Missing Types campaign, the letters A, B and O – the main blood groups – will disappear from brands, social media pages, signs and websites to illustrate the critical role every blood donor plays. When the letters A, B and O vanish from everyday life, the gaps are striking. And when A, B and O blood types are missing from hospital shelves, patient care could be impacted.
“Unfortunately, blood shortages still happen and the number of new Red Cross blood donors is shrinking each year,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “That’s why the Red Cross is asking those who have never donated blood and those who haven’t given in a while to make a lifesaving donation. You are the missing type patients need.”
Don’t wait until the letters A, B and O go missing from hospital shelves. Join the #MissingType movement today – make an appointment to give blood by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/MissingTypes, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. But for the past four years, new Red Cross donors have declined by about 80,000 each year. This is not just a Red Cross trend, but a challenge blood collection organizations face across the country and around the world.
Donating blood is a simple process and only takes about an hour from start to finish.
• Registration: Sign in, show ID and read required information.
• Health check: Answer questions and receive a mini-physical.
• Donation: Giving a pint of blood only takes about eight to 10 minutes.
• Refreshments: Donors enjoy snacks and relax before resuming their day.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities June 11-July 3
Cane Creek Church of Christ, 4003 Fayetteville Hwy. Petersburg, TN 37144
6/13/2018: 2 – 7 p.m.
Church Street Church of Christ, 305 West Church St. Lewisburg, TN 37091
6/14/2018: 1 – 5 p.m.
Lowes Columbia, 2000 Hillary Dr. Columbia, TN 38401
6/15/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Chapel Hill Community Center, 206 Depot St. Chapel Hill, TN 37034
6/20/2018: 1 – 7 p.m.
LifeSong Family Church, 1041 Ellington Pkwy Lewisburg, TN 37091
6/24/2018: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Heritage Bank and Trust, 217 S. James Campbell Blvd. Columbia, TN 38402
6/26/2018: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lewisburg Police Department, 101 Water St. Lewisburg, TN 37091
6/26/2018: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
American Legion Post 19, 812 Nashville Highway, Hwy 31 N. Columbia, TN 38401
6/28/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
How to donate blood
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
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.