Healthwatch: Winter Weather Effect on Blood Donations

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LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) - The winter weather in Arkansas is having an impact in the medical community. Blood donations are down.

Winter weather is definitely taking its toll on central Arkansas. The impact is being felt by the American Red Cross.

Last week a total of 30 drives were cancelled because of bad weather, resulting in nearly 900 uncollected pints of blood. Not to mention this year has been one of the worst when it comes to the flu epidemic. Arkansas is reporting a total of 37 flu deaths in the state.

At noon on Monday, Keith Melton is the only one in the facility donating blood. Keith Melton explains,  “Yeah, when they call I come down.” For him, it’s a personal connection.
“My mom had several surgeries," he continues. Knowing just how much of a difference can be made, Melton donates blood on a routine basis and wouldn’t let the snow hold him back.

Supplying about 40% of the nation’s blood supply, the American Red Cross is doing everything they can to prevent a shortage situation.

To learn more, check out the video.

Healthwatch sponsored by Mercy Health Systems.