donations http://kios.org en American Red Cross: blood, platelet donations urgently needed http://kios.org/post/american-red-cross-blood-platelet-donations-urgently-needed <p>The American Red Cross says there&rsquo;s an urgent need for donations of blood and platelets.</p><p>April Oppliger, Program Manager for the Mid-American Blood Services Division, says there have been 50,000 fewer donations in June than anticipated. She says that&rsquo;s about half the blood supply the Red Cross had at this time last year.</p><p>Oppliger says a pint of whole blood has a shelf life of 42 days. Platelets have a shelf life of only five days, and Oppliger says those donations are always in high demand. She says donations of all blood types are needed. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 18:57:04 +0000 Katie Knapp Schubert 15349 at http://kios.org American Red Cross: blood, platelet donations urgently needed