Regional - posted Jun, 15 2012
More than 11,000 blood donations are urgently needed to meet the basic need for Connecticut hospitals this June. The American Red Cross urges those who are eligible to help meet the need by donating blood. Blood donations tend to drop in the summer months due to travel, vacations and schools out of session. Blood is used for patients undergoing many surgical procedures, organ transplants, trauma and chemotherapy. For some patients, such as the victim of an automobile accident, the need for blood is sudden. For others, ongoing transfusions are needed to sustain medical treatment. While all blood types are needed during the summer months, Type O blood continues to be in particular demand due to its versatility. Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Donors under the age of 19 may need to meet additional height and weight requirements. Donors can give blood every eight weeks and are urged to give often during the summer months. To make an appointment or find more information about giving blood, call the American Red Cross at 1-800 RED CROSS or visit online at redcrossblood.org. During the 2012 Red Sox regular season, all presenting blood donors have the chance to enter to win two Boston Red Sox tickets and to be honored at Fenway Park as the Blood Donor of the Game.