Red Cross Warns of Blood Supply Crisis

Red Cross Warns of Blood Supply Crisis in Pandemic Time

Compared with the previous year Red Cross lost 34% of new donors. For the first time, Red Cross announced a national blood crisis that the nation’s blood supply is dangerously low. Donor turnout has decreased, blood drives have been canceled, and staffing issues have arisen for the COVID-19 epidemic.

In cooperation with America’s Blood Centers and the Association for the Advancement of Blood and Biotherapies, it issued a warning. They mentioned in a statement that…

“If the nation’s blood supply does not stabilize soon, life-saving blood may not be available for some patients when it is needed.”

Things to know about Red Cross recent attempts

Urgency of type O blood

According to the Red Cross, nearly a quarter of hospital blood needs aren’t being met. People are highly requested to make an appointment to give blood. Red Crescent team made a huge concern and urging to people of all blood types, but especially Type O. In recent weeks, the Red Cross has had less than a one-day supply of key blood types, according to the organization.

Sortage of blood in hospitals

The Red Cross says it is experiencing there is a critical shortage of blood. The shortage means doctors are being forced to make tough decisions about who should get blood and who needs to wait until there is more supply. Hospitals need blood for surgeries, transplants, cancer treatments, and chronic illnesses. Besides a recent rise of Omicron cases is compounding the blood supply’s already poor situation.

Red Cross offers donors a chance to win Super Bowl

Recently Red Cross is teaming up with the National Football League to offer those who donate blood, platelets, or plasma during National Blood Donor Month in January the chance to win a trip.

The package includes Super Bowl tickets, round-trip airfare to Los Angeles, three-night hotel accommodations. Besides, it’s a $500 gift card for expenses for the winner and a guest. The Red Cross is also looking for some new volunteers.

Baia Lasky, medical director for the Red Cross, said in a statement that ” 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.”