Red Cross Declares First-Ever Blood Shortage Crisis In US By Jessica Corbett for Natural Blaze
GNN Note – They should take some of the salary and benefits from the “C” level employees and purchase some blood, platelets and plasma. That would fill the coffers for years to come. / END
Due to problems tied to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the American Red Cross on Tuesday declared its first-ever national blood shortage crisis, warning that already, “doctors have been forced to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait.”
The plea for “critically needed” blood and platelet donations comes during National Blood Donor Month and amid a surge in U.S. Covid-19 cases driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant.
“Every community in America needs blood on a daily basis,” said Dr. Pampee Young, the Red Cross’ chief medical officer, in a statement. “At a time when many businesses and organizations across the country are experiencing pandemic challenges—the Red Cross is no different.”
The organization, which supplies 40% of the nation’s blood, has seen a 10% decline in donors since the beginning of the pandemic, which has also caused blood drive cancellations and staffing challenges.
“While we are all learning how to live in this new environment, how we spend our time, where we work, how we give back, how we make a difference in the lives of others—donating blood must continue to be part of it,” said Young.
The Red Cross is urging those who can donate—especially people with O positive and O negative blood types—to schedule an appointment “as soon as possible” through the Red Cross Blood Donor App, RedCrossBlood.org, or 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
We're facing a national blood crisis.
Doctors are having to make tough choices about who receives transfusions and who has to wait. You can help by making an appointment to give at https://t.co/4JVikYXKuP or these 3 other ways. pic.twitter.com/TigqB4cVqk
— American Red Cross (@RedCross) January 11, 2022