Blood supply dwindles after donations lagged during Fourth of July holiday week
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 9, 2018) — An emergency blood shortage is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O – to give now and help save lives.
This need is especially critical for type O blood donors. Type O is the most in-demand blood type and often the first be depleted from hospital shelves during a shortage. 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. Type O positive is the most common blood type and can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood type.
How to help
To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross has added about 6,500 additional appointment slots at donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 9-31
The Rec Center, 333 E. College St., Pulaski, TN 38478
7/23/2018: noon – 6 p.m.
Wal-Mart, 2200 Brookmeade Drive, Columbia, TN 38401
7/13/2018: 1 – 5 p.m.
Christ Church Columbia, 707 Lion Parkway, Columbia, TN 38401
7/13/2018: 2 – 7 p.m.
American Legion Post 19, 812 Nashville Highway, Columbia, TN 38401
7/26/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Main Street Church of Christ, 210 N. Main St., Mount Pleasant, TN 38474
7/24/2018: 3 – 7 p.m.
Kroger Port Royal, 4900 Port Royal Road, Spring Hill, TN 37174
7/9/2018: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 5344 Main St., Spring Hill, TN 37174
7/16/2018: noon – 6 p.m.