Red Cross in Urgent Need of Blood Donations in Georgia

From the Red Cross: “The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in more than a decade. Dangerously low blood supply levels are posing a concerning risk to patient care and forcing doctors to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available.

Blood and platelet donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital
medical treatments, and donors of all blood types – especially type O − are urged to
make an appointment now to give in the weeks ahead.

In recent weeks, the Red Cross had less than a one-day supply of critical blood types and has had to limit blood product distributions to hospitals. At times, as much as one-quarter of hospital blood needs are not being met.

The Red Cross continues to confront relentless challenges due to COVID-19, including about a 10% overall decline in the number of people donating blood as well as ongoing blood drive cancellations and staffing limitations. Additionally, the pandemic has contributed to a 62% drop in blood drives at schools and colleges.

“Winter weather across the country and the recent surge of COVID-19 cases are compounding the already-dire situation facing the blood supply,” said Dr. Baia Lasky, medical director for the Red Cross.

“Please, if you are eligible, make an appointment to give blood or platelets in the
days and weeks ahead to ensure no patient is forced to wait for critical care.”

Over the next month, about 73% of donation appointments remain unfilled in the Georgia
Red Cross Region.

Make an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible
by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-
RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).”