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American Red Cross: Concerns Grow As Memorial Day Approaches

Contact: Christine Bobbitt, 313-494-2734,; Martha Roemer Kurtz, 313-494-2745,; both of the American Red Cross


DETROIT, May 25 /Standard Newswire/ -- Traditionally, there is an increase in accidents on the highways and outdoors during the long Memorial Day weekend. In preparation, local hospitals have increased their requests for blood products. Unfortunately, local Red Cross blood supplies have depleted to emergency levels. The day began with less than a day's supply of 3 of the blood types.


The severity of this situation is seen with the supply of Type O Negative blood. This blood type is often referred to as the "universal" blood type because it can be donated to anyone. The minimum inventory standard for Type O Negative is 369 pints. Currently there is no O-negative on the shelf. However all blood types are below our desired level.


Red Cross Blood Services in other parts of the country have been asked to send the urgently needed blood, but they have none to share. If blood supplies are not increased before this weekend, southeast Michigan patients could be in jeopardy. Because existing blood supplies will be depleted during the holiday, donors will be needed next week as well.


All those eligible to donate blood are urged to do so as soon as possible. To donate blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and present a valid photo ID upon donation. Make an appointment to donate in the coming week by calling 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or log on to to find a convenient location and to schedule and appointment.