Sunday, August 14, 2016

American Red Cross faces blood shortage: how to help

PULSE HEADLINES | Elizabeth De Faria

The American Red Cross stated on July 5 that its blood storage is low, and patients all over the country desperately need donors. The health association issued an emergency appeal urging citizens to donate blood as soon as possible because blood and platelets are used every day and donors are fewer than expected.

The Red Cross reported that summer is a difficult time for donations. In the months before July, the number of people that helped refill the blood storage decreased significantly. The organization has received 39 thousand fewer donations than expected.

The Red Cross is distributing blood platelets to hospitals faster than it can compensate used blood bags with new ones. Someone needs blood and platelets every two seconds in the United States. This is not the first time that a blood crisis happens, but the Red Cross has already started campaigning to avoid a critical shortage. Continue reading
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