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Red Cross plans two blood drives in Russellville

During Trauma Awareness Month in May, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients with traumatic injuries and other serious medical needs by donating blood or platelets.

According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions in the U.S. annually.

O negative red blood cells and AB plasma can be transfused into any patient, regardless of blood type, making donors with these universal blood types an important part of the Red Cross trauma team. Platelets might also be needed to help with clotting in cases of massive bleeding.

Two blood drives are upcoming in Russellville: May 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southern Homes on Highway 44 and May 23 from 1-6 p.m. at the Russellville Fire Department, 1100 S. Jackson Ave.

Eligible donors can learn more, find a donation opportunity and schedule an appointment by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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