SC Red Cross loses out on 800 units of lifesaving blood

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - This week's winter storm was causing more problems than just some issues on roadways. It closed donation centers and canceled 21 blood drives across South Carolina.

Staff indicated it was a missed opportunity of collecting more than 800 units of much-needed blood and platelets. "Although the winter weather has been challenging, the Red Cross is working diligently to meet the needs of patients in our hospitals," said Delisa English, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region.@"We are counting on generous blood donors to make sure that the blood supply is at an adequate level to continue to meet patients' needs."@@

The American Red Cross reported that someone in the US needs blood every two seconds, and the South Carolina Blood Services Region is able to give blood to patients in 54 hospitals. But it can't do so without help from the community. In order to meet the hospitals' demands, around 500 are needed to donate every weekday.

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