Red Cross suffers from severe blood shortage
Calling all blood donors in Yakima Valley.
The American Red Cross is facing a serious blood shortage as the number of cases of trauma, organ transplants and elective surgeries rises – and depletes the nation’s blood supply. Donors of all blood groups – especially type O and those who donate platelets – are advised to make an appointment to donate as soon as possible to avoid further impact on patients.
Today, hospitals are responding to an unusually high number of trauma and emergency room visits, as well as resulting overdoses and transplants.
Compared to 2019, the Red Cross saw demand for trauma centers increase by 10% in 2021, more than five times the growth of other establishments that provide blood transfusions.
Patients need the help of the American people. Make an appointment to donate blood now by using the Red Cross blood donation app, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by activating the blood donation skill on any Alexa Echo device.
As more than a third of Americans have become fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the red To cross Ends COVID-19 antibody testing for donated blood, platelets and plasma. Until June 25, the red To cross tests all donations for COVID-19 antibodies. Tests can show possible exposure to the virus or whether a donor has developed an immune response to the vaccination. The conclusion of red To cross Antibody testing represents a new phase of hope as the nation continues to emerge from this pandemic.
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