Hospitals are using blood faster than people are donating it, causing a critically low supply in Northern California of four common blood types, the American Red Cross announced Monday.
The Red Cross, which manages blood donations, is asking eligible blood donors to make an appointment to give blood as soon as possible to help with this crisis.
“Overall, blood donations are down in the first five months of 2012, compared to the same period last year," said Jeff Meyer, CEO, American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services. "As a result, there is almost half the amount of readily available blood in the Red Cross inventory at this point in time.”
Blood types blood types O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative are most in need at this time, according to the Red Cross.
To find a convenient donation location, go to redcrossblood.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS (800-733-2767).
There are five blood drives scheduled this month in Santa Cruz County:
- Wednesday, June 13, Resurrection Church, 7600 Soquel Dr., Aptos, 12:30-5:30 p.m.
- Friday, June 15, Felton First Presbyterian Church, 6090 Highway 9, Felton, 1-6 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 20, Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints Church, 220 Elk St., Santa Cruz, 11 a.m.-4p.m.
- Monday, June 25, Hall, 85 Nielson St., Watsonville, 1-6 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 26, San Agustin Catholic Church, 257 Glenwood Dr., Scotts Valley, 10 a.m-3 p.m.
Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.