The organization dedicated to boosting the nation’s blood supply is sounding the alarm about a dramatic need for donations.
The American Red Cross says the pandemic is now causing a significant drop in the nation’s blood supply.
According to the American Red Cross, the severe blood shortage comes at a vital time with the number of trauma cases, organ transplants, and elective surgeries back on the rise after being impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.
The nation’s blood supply and the local Tri-State supply have been impacted by the shortage.
The Red Cross says it is in desperate need of donors of all blood types, especially type O and those giving platelets.
Any potential donors are urged to make an appointment to donate blood as soon as possible to prevent further impact on patients.
According to the Red Cross, hospitals are currently handling an unusually high number of traumas and emergency room visits in some cities as violence spikes.
Another issue contributing to the increased demand is the number of overdoses resulting in blood transplants.
The organization says it has seen demand from trauma centers climb by 10% in 2021 compared with 2019. That’s more than five times the growth of other facilities that provide blood transfusions.
“When seconds count in emergency trauma situations, it’s the blood already on the shelves that can make the difference in lifesaving care,” said Cyndi Dahl, regional donor services executive of the Red Cross Kentucky Region.
The Red Cross is also offering an incentive to give. Those who donate Anow through June 30 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card.