Roll Up Your Sleeve And Give The Gift Of Life, Red Cross In Urgent Need Of Blood
The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases and elective surgeries deplete the nation’s blood supply.
Donors of all blood types, especially type “O” and those giving platelets, are being urged to make an appointment to donate blood.
The Red Cross says right now, hospitals are responding to a high number of traumas and emergency room visits.
The Red Cross has seen demand for blood from trauma centers climb by 10 percent this year.
In addition to trauma needs, there is a great hospital demand for blood as people who deferred care during the height of the pandemic present with more advanced disease progression, requiring increased blood transfusions
Over the last three months, the Red Cross has distributed about 75,000 more blood products than expected to meet these needs.
“When seconds count in emergency trauma situations, it’s the blood already on the shelves that can make the difference in lifesaving care,” said Dr. Lawrence Fialkow, Medical Director of the Eastern New York Region. “As many people begin to enjoy travel and time with loved ones again this summer, patients are relying on the generosity of donors to help ensure they have access to the treatment they need. Please consider blood donation as a summer activity that can help save lives.”
You can schedule an appointment to give blood now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood
Anyone who donates blood or platelets through June 30 will receive a $5 Amazon gift card.