Blood supply critically low

By Meg Haskell, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 12, 2010, at 4:22 p.m.

The American Red Cross Blood Services on Tuesday announced that the supply of type O negative blood has dropped to critically low levels. Type O negative blood is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations. Type O negative donors are needed now to help prevent the blood supply from further decline. 

In recent weeks, the Red Cross has seen a decline in collections of all blood types; however, the need for blood has not declined. The Red Cross reminds donors that receiving a flu shot does not make a person ineligible to donate blood as long as they feel fine at the time of their donation.

In the Bangor area, the American Red Cross has the following blood drives scheduled:

Bangor Donor Center

900 B Hammond Street 

Tuesday – Thursday 11a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Friday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

1st and 3rd Saturday 8a.m.- 2p.m.

Dexter High School 

12 Abbott Hill Rd, Dexter 

Tuesday, October 19 1 p.m. – 6p.m.

Carrabec High School

160 N. Main St., N. Anson 

Wednesday, October 20 11a.m. – 5 p.m.

Belfast Masonic Lodge 

20 Northport Ave, Belfast 

Friday, October 22 2p.m. – 7 p.m.

Kennebec Valley Community Center

92 Western Ave, Fairfield 

Wednesday, October 27 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The Northern New England Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross provides blood to over 80 hospitals and must have 500 individuals give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. Volunteer donors are the only source of transfused blood.

Eligible volunteer blood donors are asked to please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive and to make appointments. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in Maine and New Hampshire), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to give blood. Positive identification is required at the time of donation.

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