The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors of all types. There is almost half the amount of readily available Red Cross blood now than there was at this point in time last year. Eligible donors with types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative are encouraged to donate double red cells where available.
Right now blood donations are not keeping pace with the demand for blood products. Many regular donors are busy or traveling and unavailable to give at this time. With schools and families on vacation, it's important to remember that patients don't get a holiday from needing blood. During the month of July, all donors will be entered into a drawing for a $3,000 gift card.
The American Red Cross blood donor room at MUSC is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, Room 279 of the university hospital. Appointments are encouraged but not necessary. To make an appointment or for more information, call the donor room at 792-1015.