Monday, January 14, 2019




Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donors

HUDSON VALLEY – The typical blood donation shortfall over the winter holidays has prompted the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for platelet donors to prevent a blood shortage from continuing through the winter and affecting patient care.

With that in mind, the Red Cross has issued a list of upcoming blood drives in the region.

“Many people may not realize that blood products are perishable, and the only source of lifesaving blood for patients is volunteer blood donors,” said Clifford Numark, senior vice president of Red Cross Biomedical Services. “When donations decline – as they did around the holidays and may further decline if severe weather and flu season picks up – lifesaving medical treatments could be delayed.”

In December, winter weather resulted in nearly twice the number of uncollected blood and platelet donations as December 2017.

Copyright © 2019 Mid-Hudson News Network, a division of Statewide News Network, Inc.
This story may not be reproduced in any form, by any media, without express written consent.
This includes rewriting, broadcasting and/or printing of material from,
by websites, radio and television stations, newspapers or other media



HEAR today's news on, the Hudson Valley's only Internet radio news report.