Red Cross declares blood crisis as US faces ‘dangerously low blood supply’


the American Red Cross declared a national blood crisis for the first time as the country faces its worst blood shortage in more than a decade.

Officials said low levels of the blood supply pose a worrying risk to patient care and force doctors to make tough decisions about who gets blood transfusions and who will have to wait until more products become available.

Donations of blood and platelets are needed to avoid further delays in medical treatment. Donors of all types, especially type O, are encouraged to make a donation appointment to be given in the weeks forward.

The Red Cross had less than a day’s supply of critical blood groups and had to limit the distribution of blood products to hospitals.

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Due to the COVID pandemic, the Red Cross has seen an overall drop of 10% in the number of people donating blood as well as cancellations of ongoing blood drives and staff limitations. The pandemic has contributed to a 62% drop in blood drives in schools and colleges.

“Winter weather conditions across the country and the recent increase in COVID-19 cases are worsening the already dire blood supply situation,” said Dr Baia Lasky, medical director of the Red Cross. “Please, if you are eligible, make an appointment to donate blood or platelets in the days and weeks to come to ensure that no patient has to wait for intensive care. “

You can book an appointment online or by calling 1-800-733-2767.

The Red Cross and the NFL are teaming up to encourage people to donate blood or platelets. Those who donate blood, platelets or plasma in January will have a chance to win a Super Bowl LVI getaway in Los Angeles. Donors will also be entered to win a home theater set and a $ 500 electronic gift card.

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To donate blood, you will need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license and two other pieces of identification required at check-in.

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