The pandemic has caused a whirlwind of changes throughout our nation, supply chain issues being one of the most observable. No one can ignore bare shelves at the grocery store, a lack of consumer electronics, or not being able to purchase a new car because the inventory simply isn’t there. To a certain extent, we can make do with those shortages, but we can’t ignore blood. Having a reserve of this vital fluid is necessary for medical care. Without it, the blood crisis could lead to needless death.
Crisis and cancellations
According to the American Red Cross, their organization faces the worst blood shortage in over a decade. This shortage forces care providers to prioritize transfusions—all on top of combating an ongoing pandemic. The Red Cross reports that blood donation has dropped by 10 percent since March 2020. This drop can be attributed to many things, mainly staffing shortages, canceled drives, and issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Red Cross is in serious need of blood types like O positive and type O negative. O positive is the most common blood type. Furthermore, O negative is considered a universal blood type and is readily given out in emergencies. Additionally, valuable platelets responsible for clotting are in high demand.
Hitting close to home
Manager of Strategic Marketing for Tri-County Health Care, Molly Tabery, is responsible for coordinating Tri-County Health Care partnered blood drives. Staffing issues led to two blood drives being canceled in the last few months. A lack of blood doesn’t just affect large communities; it impacts small-town hospitals, too. “Having access to blood is such an important thing for a hospital. I can only imagine how stressed doctors and nurses are right now! We really need people to donate,” explained Molly.
Please use the scheduling feature to view upcoming drives. Donors should schedule additional appointments when drives are canceled. Take time to consider donating to help the Red Cross out of the crisis. If you’re a first-time donor, please use the American Red Cross website for helpful information.
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