Red Cross declares first national blood crisis in US

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Red Cross declares first national blood crisis in US

By Sarakshi Rai - 01/11/22 10:03 AM EST


https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/p ... ood-crisis


The Red Cross has declared its first-ever national blood crisis in the U.S.


In a statement emailed on Tuesday, the organization warned members of the public of the consequences of its worst blood shortage in more than a decade — including doctors being forced to make "difficult decisions" about which patients receive blood transfusions over others.

The American Red Cross said it had "less than a one-day supply of critical blood types" and has had to limit distributions to hospitals.

"At times, as much as one-quarter of hospital blood needs are not being met," the organization said.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a 10 percent overall decline in the number of people donating blood, in addition to ongoing blood drive cancellations and staffing limitations.

The Red Cross urged the public to make an appointment to donate blood as "blood and platelets donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments."

Donors of all blood types — especially type O — are being urged to make an appointment now to give in the weeks ahead, with the Red Cross noting that the pandemic has seen a 62 percent drop in blood drives at schools and colleges.

"Winter weather across the country and the recent surge of COVID-19 cases are compounding the already-dire situation facing the blood supply," said Baia Lasky, medical director for the Red Cross.

"Please, if you are eligible, make an appointment to give blood or platelets in the days and weeks ahead to ensure no patient is forced to wait for critical care."

The New York Times reported in December that the country's blood supply faced a critical shortage after the first wave of coronavirus infection hit the U.S. in March 2020.

The shortage was a result of canceled blood drives when businesses closed in 2020, and the Times noted that the most frequent donors — historically older Americans — were apprehensive of going to donation centers.
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Red Cross: Blood inventory is truly at crisis levels

by Ashley Kaster, FOX 11 NewsTuesday, January 11th 2022


https://fox11online.com/news/local/red- ... sis-levels


(WLUK) -- The American Red Cross says its blood inventory is so low, doctors are being forced to decide which patients receive blood transfusions and who must wait.

"Our inventory is truly at crisis levels," the organization says
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Blood and platelet donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments.

In recent weeks, the Red Cross says it had less than a one-day supply of critical blood types and has had to limit blood product distributions to hospitals. At times, as much as one-quarter of hospital blood needs are not being met.

Donors of all blood types – especially type O − are urged to make an appointment now to give in the weeks ahead.

“Winter weather across the country and the recent surge of COVID-19 cases are compounding the already-dire situation facing the blood supply,” said Dr. Baia Lasky, medical director for the Red Cross. “Please, if you are eligible, make an appointment to give blood or platelets in the days and weeks ahead to ensure no patient is forced to wait for critical care.”

Make an appointment to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

To encourage donations, the Red Cross and the NFL are partnering to tackle the national blood shortage. Those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma in January will automatically be entered for a chance to win a getaway to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles. As an extra thank-you from the Red Cross, those who come to donate will also be automatically entered to win a home theater package and a $500 e-gift card.
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Schedule Your Blood donation w/ The Red Cross

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Never good. If you can give blood give blood.
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I feel like as a country we are perpetually in a blood shortage crisis. GIVE BLOOD 🩸 when you can!!!

I am going to look for the next local drive right now.

https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html


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Yeah I think we always have shortages but covid has certainly strained and drained a lot of supplies. Its one way of getting a covid test LOL.
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