Urgent need for blood donations, Red Cross declares shortage

Urgent need for blood donations, Red Cross declares shortage

The American Red Cross has announced an urgent call for blood donations as there is currently less than a five-day supply of blood available. Nick Gehrig, communications director for Red Cross Blood Services, said in a news release, “The Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now and help save patient lives.”

The first call for help was announced in early July and although blood donation levels started to rise, the shortage of blood supply still exists.

The Red Cross explained, “At times, blood and platelets are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which impacts the ability to rebuild the blood supply.”
Gehrig added, “We are grateful for those who have already stepped up this summer to give and want to remind those who are eligible that hospital patients are still counting on them to roll up a sleeve.”

In order to entice people to roll up their sleeves and donate blood, the Red Cross is offering a five-dollar Amazon gift card if they donate blood before August 31.

Blood donations save people’s lives. To find a local donation center in your area, call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


Sources:
http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/Significant-Shortages-Impact-US-Blood-Supply


Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.

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