(Omaha) The American Red Cross supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June. April Oppliger says the shortfall leaves the Red Cross with half the readily available blood products on hand now than this time last year.
“There are people in hospitals right now waiting for blood products,” stated Oppliger. “Fortunately we have not had to cancel any surgeries or procedures’ because of the shortage.”
Oppliger says the Red Cross is trying to turn this trend around over the Fourth of July week and all blood types are needed.
Oppliger said, “We are expecting blood donations to drop even more next week because of the Fourth of July Holiday. It falls in the middle of the week so fewer people are hosting blood drives, but also people are busier and a lot of folks are taking time off and won’t be taking the time to give blood. So we need people to come out now and donate.”
Oppliger says the Red Cross must collect 17,000 pints of blood daily for patients at more than 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. Of that, the Midwest Blood Services Region must collect approximately 500 pints per day.
June 25, 2012