A decline in blood and platelet donations this summer has resulted in a critical shortage in supplies to hospitals.
“Every day, patients recovering from accidents or those receiving treatments for cancer or blood disorders rely on lifesaving blood products regardless of the season,” said Shaun Gilmore, president of Red Cross Biomedical Services, in a news release.
Vacations and holidays compound this shortage because fewer blood drives, hosted by volunteer sponsors, are held and fewer donors are available to help.
Individuals of all blood types are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). Making an appointment reduces possible wait times at blood donation sites.
To speed up the donation process, donors are welcome to complete a RapidPass online health history questionnaire
Every two seconds, someone in the United States requires blood. The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 donations daily to meet the demand of nearly 2,600 hospitals nationwide.
—Therese Umerlik | Editor