Red Cross experiences ‘worst blood shortage in a decade’

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Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 5:57 AM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Officials at the American Red Cross have declared the current supply of blood as a “crisis level.”

They say the U.S. blood supply is now dangerously low.

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Officials in Indiana say doctors are being forced to decide which patients receive blood transfusions and which ones have to wait.

Surging COVID-19 cases, severe weather and declines in donor turnout are all contributing to the shortage.

Hyacinth Rucker is a regional communication manager for the American Red Cross.

“So those three things are kind of all coming together and making it even worse than it was,” says Rucker.

Plus, donated blood has a short shelf-life and supplies must be constantly replenished.

This comes as Rucker says someone needs blood every two second.

”There are so many things that happen on a daily basis where people need blood,” says Rucker. “So we need blood on the shelves to be able to assist them and save their life.”

Right now, centers across the country are reporting less than one day’s supply of certain types of blood.

To encourage people to donate, the American Red Cross has partnered with the NFL for a giveaway.

Anyone who donates before the end of the month will be automatically entered to win a getaway to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles, a home theater package, and a $500 e-gift card.

You can schedule an appointment to donate at https://www.redcrossblood.org/.

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