PITTSBURGH - Central Blood Bank is asking donors to endure the brutal wintry conditions and donate blood over the next two weeks. This will allow the Pittsburgh-area blood services provider to replenish blood needed for area patients that could not be donated due to the ongoing arctic weather currently affecting the Pennsylvania area.
The cold weather has prompted a nationwide shortage, affecting hospitals, trauma centers and thousands of patients coast-to-coast who are scheduled for elective surgery in the coming days and possibly weeks
"First and foremost, we want our donors to be safe in these winter conditions and to visit us when they feel safe traveling, but we need more blood donations to rebuild our community blood supply to appropriate levels to ensure high-quality patient care," said Executive Director Michele Tysarczyk.
Extreme conditions have impacted the area serviced by Central Blood Bank, prompting some of its donors to miss scheduled visits at its mobile blood drives and community donor centers.
"Winter weather is expected to continue to negatively impact our blood donations," Tysarczyk said. "Patient needs don't change with the weather. That's why we're asking our donors to overcome the conditions and make their way to donate at a donor center or mobile drive."
For information, call (866) 366-6771 or visit centralbloodbank.org.