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American Red Cross to hold May blood drives

Published: April 27, 2017 12:00 AM

The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to provide blood or platelets for use in patients with traumatic injuries and other serious medical needs.

Blood drives will take place in communities throughout Ohio this May as part of National Trauma Awareness Month. Blood and platelet donors of all types are needed.

Those who come out to donate blood or platelets by May 14 will have a chance to win one of three $1,000 gift card shopping sprees from GiftCertificates.com.

Donation appointments can be scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App; visiting redcrossblood.org; or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Columbiana County blood drives will take place on the following dates:

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May 4: East Palestine, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., East Palestine High School, 360 W. Grant St.;

May 5: Salineville, 7:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Southern Local High School, 38095 state Route 39;

May 11: Lisbon, 1-6 p.m., New Lisbon Presbyterian Church, 111 E. Chestnut Ave.;

May 12: Columbiana, 1-6 p.m., Grace Church, 140 S. Main St.

Stark County blood drives will take place on the following dates:

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May 4: Alliance, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Alliance Community Hospital East St., 200 E. State St.;

May 8: Massillon, noon- 6 p.m., St Paul Lutheran Church, 127 Cherry Road N.E.;

May 10: Massillon, 1-6 p.m., Knights of Columbus 554, 988 Cherry Road N.W.

May 12: North Canton, 2-7 p.m., Green Community Senior Center, 4224 Massillon Road.

According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions in the U.S. annually.

O negative red blood cells and AB plasma can be transfused into any patient, regardless of blood type, making donors with these universal blood types an important part of the Red Cross trauma team. Less than seven percent of the population has type O negative blood, and only about four percent of the population has type AB blood.

Platelets may also be needed to help with clotting in cases of massive bleeding. Because platelets must be transfused within five days of donation, there is a constant need to keep up with hospital demand.


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