American Red Cross: National Blood Crisis


IThe American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in more than a
decade. Dangerously low blood supply levels are posing a concerning risk to patient care and
forcing doctors to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will
need to wait until more products become available.
Blood and platelet donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital
medical treatments, and donors of all blood types – especially type O − are urged to
make an appointment now to give in the weeks ahead.
In recent weeks, the Red Cross 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.

Pandemic challenges
The Red Cross continues to confront relentless challenges due to COVID-19, including about a
10% overall decline in the number of people donating blood as well as ongoing blood drive
cancellations and staffing limitations. Additionally, the pandemic has contributed to a 62% drop
in blood drives at schools and colleges.

“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 as
soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting
or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The Red Cross and the NFL are partnering this January, during National Blood Donor Month, to
urge individuals to give blood or platelets and help 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. Terms apply; visit:


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