YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Warmer weather means more traumatic injuries, less people donating blood and a blood supply shortage.
The American Red Cross Blood Services said there is an emergency need of plasma donors. In Ohio, hospitals started the summer with blood supplies down about 15 percent.
Giving blood is not only rewarding because it is saving someone’s life but donors receive $20 to $50 per donation.
Typically, donated blood is transfused into a patient within five days, helping to save a life.
Plasma donations can be done twice a week.
O negative blood is especially in demand because it is the universal blood type used in trauma cases.
Donors must be at least 17 years old or 16 with signed parental consent. Donors must also weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health. Valid identification such as a driver’s license, passport or DMV identification card are required to donate.
Donors should be well rested, have a meal before donating and drink a lot of water before donating. Those three things help make the donation process easier.
Some factors including some medications or international travel may make donors ineligible to donate blood, but the staff at a blood center can help.