Red Cross extends hours to increase donations

January 21, 1994|By Staff Report

With many corporate blood drives canceled and walk-in donations down because of bad weather and power outages, the regional Red Cross chapter has announced extended hours for area donor centers through Sunday and appealed for help in meeting critical needs.

Red Cross spokeswoman Leni Uddyback said only 29 percent of the needed blood has been collected this week -- 1,184 units of blood, compared with the projected need of 4,050 units.

"We haven't had major emergency demands, but what we've had to do is notify our hospitals today that all standing blood orders had to be canceled," Ms. Uddyback said yesterday. "Only emergency orders could be filled on an as-needed basis."

The chapter provides 90 percent of the blood used by 84 hospitals in the region, she noted.

The eight donor centers in metropolitan Baltimore will be open today and tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Ms. Uddyback recommended that donors call ahead for scheduling information or the location of the nearest center.

The number is 1-800-448-3256.

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