The American Red Cross is calling for donors in May to give blood and platelets regularly to be prepared to meet the needs of patients in emergency situations. Trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2 million hospital admissions each year, according to the National Trauma Institute.

“In trauma situations, when there’s no time to check a patient’s blood type, emergency personnel reach for type O negative red blood cells and type AB plasma because they can be transfused to any patient, regardless of blood type,” an American Red Cross press release said. “Less than 7 percent of the population has type O negative blood, and only about 4 percent of the population has type AB blood.”

Donors of all blood types are urged to roll up a sleeve this May to help meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1.800. 733.2767.

On Tuesday, May 15, a blood donation opportunity will be in San Juan Capistrano from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Brookdale, 31741 Rancho Viejo Rd., San Juan Capistrano.

In other nearby areas, upcoming blood donation opportunities are Friday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 33501 Stonehill Dr., Dana Point; and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dana Hills High School, 33333 Golden Lantern. On Thursday, May 10, another opportunity in Dana Point from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, 25135 Park Lantern. In San Clemente, there will be a blood donation opportunity on Sunday, May 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at San Clemente Presbyterian Church, 110 Avenida De La Estrella. Another will be on Friday, May 11 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at San Clemente Community Center, 100 N. Calle Seville.


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