Monday, January 24, 2022

Donations sought amid severe blood shortage in the North Country

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There is a severe shortage in the North Country. Anyone who is eligible to donate blood is asked to do so as soon as possible.

All blood types are needed, but especially types O positive, O negative and A positive.

 People are eligible to donate whole blood every eight weeks.

 “Donating blood is one of the most helpful things you can do to support your community,” said Dr. John Eckel, the assistant medical director of Adirondack Health’s laboratory at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. “Blood is essential for saving lives during or after some surgeries, in patients with chronic anemia and in accident victims with traumatic injuries.”

The Adirondack Regional Blood Center provides 90 percent of the blood used by hospitals in the North Country. If you are eligible, please consider donating at the Adirondack Regional Blood Center in Plattsburgh, which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To reach the center, call 518-562-7406.

“Our local blood donor program provides the majority of blood used by six area hospitals,” said Nancy Roberts, a registered nurse with the Adirondack Regional Blood Center. “If we do not maintain an adequate supply, we need to purchase blood from other programs three or more hours away.”

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