THURSDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- The American Red Cross has issued an emergency request for blood and platelet donors of all blood types, according to report posted July 9.
Noting that June is one of the most challenging months to collect enough blood and platelet donations, the American Red Cross has issued an emergency request for donors for all blood types.
Across the country, Red Cross blood donations were down about 10 percent in June, with approximately 50,000 fewer donations than expected. Many regular donors are involved in summer activities and are unable to donate. People are asked to try and fit blood or platelet donations into their schedules.
"We're asking for the public's help now to prevent a more serious shortage," Stephanie Millian, spokesperson for the Red Cross, said in a statement. "Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for patients in need. It's the blood products on the shelves today that help save lives in an emergency."