The American Red Cross is facing a dire situation: a national blood shortage. With this summer’s tragic events fresh in mind, it’s apparent the blood banks aren’t faring so well in terms of keeping up with supply and demand.
And it’s not their fault.
CT Post reports that their September, which doubles as National Preparedness Month, is off to an extremely rocky start with the first two weeks seeing a steep decline in donors. The Red Cross is already behind by over 10,000 donations to adequately meet the need should a small or large-scale emergency transpire. With fewer donors, it means less people have access to a life-saving treatment.
Alyson Barraza, who serves as Communications Manager of the Connecticut Blood Services Region, is urging would-be donors to step up to the plate. In a release obtained by the Post, she writes, “Whether blood is needed for a chronic condition like sickle cell disease, a routine surgery, a traumatic accident or a large-scale disaster, it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives. Red Cross blood and platelet donors play an important role in helping communities be prepared for all kinds of emergencies.”
The Red Cross is seeking any and all blood types to help reverse this national shortage. With donations immediately going to hospitals the second they come in, the situation is becoming grim.